I was worn out from classes and work, attempting to please people, control my future and create my own peace. I needed spiritual and physical rest.
So God sent me into the wild.
Last week, I backpacked in Utah’s Escalante National Monument with 10 other campers and guides.
We hiked about 6-10 miles each day, up and down canyons, through brush and thorns, on rock and sand.
We delved into deep valleys, soaked our socks in muddy, freezing water. We trekked up steep mountains, drenched in sweat and pining for water.
With every step, God spoke loudly through His silent creation.
God is big.
He created the twinkling sky, overpowering mountains and billowing plains.
He created the entire universe: dark and light, waters and land, plants and animals, in just six days.
His creativity is big. His handiwork is big. Everything He does is big.
God is big, but works in small ways.
He didn’t strike me with lightning or speak through a mountain lion–which was a definite possibility.
He didn’t shout with a booming voice from the clouds while I stood on top of a peak.
He whispered on the wind, “I love you. I made this for you.” And that was enough for me.
God is big, but works in small ways, and through small people.
He doesn’t only choose world leaders and presidents, He isn’t exclusive to pick celebrities or mega church pastors.
He calls the kindergartener on the playground, the teen mom at home, the college undergrad at Baylor University.
He seeks out the man with terminal cancer crying for a cure, the homeless woman begging for breakfast, the orphan praying for a family.
The bigness of God is not a small matter.
With an invisible God, it can be easy to forget His absolute magnitude, power and strength.
In the wild, all I could see was His absolute magnitude, power and strength.
I felt small. I looked small. I am small.
God’s creativity and artwork are mountains bigger than me, but He magnifies the small skills, passion, faith and trust I bring.
He is big enough to use a small, weak, pathetic little girl like me to glorify Him.
If that isn’t a big deal, I don’t know what is.