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March 2016 Newsletter

An ongoing series of informational entries

A God Both Big and Small

By Laurie Nichols

March 1, 2016

Several days ago, as I was taking my dog for our morning walk, I looked up in the sky and behold, I saw what perhaps was the most beautiful cloud formation I had ever seen. I saw the image of a dove, seemingly larger than the rising of the sun next to it. With full wings outstretched and twisted as though in motion, I caught my breath. “Good God!” I uttered audibly. Perhaps as much as the beauty of the dove, the size of it nearly overwhelmed me.


I began to think about the dual nature of our God. Large beyond measure, but small enough to squeeze into our human bodies. A.W. Tozer once said, “God is Spirit, and to Him magnitude and distance have no meaning.” God is from everlasting to everlasting. He is as high as the heavens and as low as the deepest sea. No matter that He dwells in heaven, for He has also chosen to make His home in our hearts. This is a divine mystery too immense for human hearts to grasp. And yet we get glimpses of how this practically works itself out each day:


• God creating life from nothing—and then giving the parents the wisdom to care for the newborn

• God bringing new life to the flowers and trees each Spring—and then a young boy picking a daisy for the mother he loves

• God gifting someone with the ability to understand the human body—and then that person going on to become a surgeon and saving the lives of many

• God allowing someone to experience deep pain—and then that person being able to minister empathetically to another in a similar experience


This incomprehensible tension becomes clearer as we understand Colossians 1:16-17: “For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible… all things have been created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.” God creates and sustains both on a large scale on his own (i.e. holding the world together) and on a small scale working through us (i.e. in how we respond to the world around us).


If we take a few minutes, where will we see that enormous dove in the sky at work? Will we see it in grandiose ways? Or will we see it in seemingly simple ways? Both matter. And both are real evidence of God’s work in our world today.


~Laurie


Laurie Nichols is New Name's very own writer. She writes the beautiful monthly devotionals. The Lord has truly gifted Laurie and we are so grateful that she shares her talent for New Name. Thank you Laurie!