Ernie and I had started walking in the mall every other Saturday because we were hoping to get in shape. We chose walking in the mall ’cause it’s comfortable all year and there are plenty of distractions, like window shopping.
So, I wasn’t actually paying close attention when Ernie said:
“God really is bigger than many imagine.”
“You mean like God is 6′ 3” and weighs 225?” Ernie didn’t acknowledge my wisecrack. Instead he kept talking in his focused way.
“Why, for example, couldn’t God put everything together in six twenty-four days?”
I thought of the stars, creatures in the oceans, and the complexity of my body. “Because it’s too much work for God to complete in that short amount of time.”
Ernie raised his bushy right eyebrow as he peered into my hazel eyes. “Really? You mean God isn’t big enough to pull it off?”
I didn’t know if it’s okay to question or doubt, but I had my reservations about God’s ability to get everything done this fast. “Well sure … I mean, no … I guess not. Creation took awhile didn’t it?”
Ernie set his jaw and gave me a challenging frown. “So what are you saying? Is that ignorance of God, disrespect of God, or what?”
Actually I pictured again all those objects in the heavens, the Grand Canyon I visited last summer, the birth of my grandson, and said, “I’m thinking this is reasonable thinking.”
“Well it isn’t … it’s limited thinking … you gotta be careful to not delude yourself,” Ernie pontificated.
“Yeah, you’re maybe … I’m thinking about God using only six twenty-four hour days and in my mind delusion isn’t happening,” My comeback, though, wasn’t as sure as I intended.
Ernie calmed himself. “OK fine, but ponder this, ‘In a blink of an eye we’ll all be changed.’”
“What’s that got to do with creation?”
Ernie wrapped his theory up by asking me, “If God can change zillions of the dead and dying in less than the blink of an eye then what might God accomplish with six full twenty-four hour days? … In a world of dumb it’s time to get smart.”
I’m still thinking about this. The homework was helpful.
Audio: (coming Monday)
How often I’ve said to myself, “I get it, I know what’s going on.”
Yet the truth is I haven’t really figured it out. I don’t know what the truth is because it’s too big for me.
In your Bible, Hebrews 11: 1 says, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things unseen.”
Honestly, faith isn’t something that I’m very good at . Faith before it’s set in motion doesn’t have any evidence or substance.
For example, in faith God said, “Let there be” and it happened. Evidence is everywhere. We see it all around. Substance and evidence follows faith, doesn’t it?
I have this idea that God is trying to get me to think bigger than I often do.
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