Author: Sallie Ross (wife of our Bishop Ken Ross) wrote a full lent devotional a few years ago. We’ll be using a few selections from it during our church’s observation of lent.
For the Lord is the great God, the great King above all gods. In His hand are the depths of the earth, and the mountain peaks belong to Him. The seas is His, for He made it, and His hands formed the dry land. Psalm 95:3-5
You know, there is just no way around the bigness of God. David speaks to this in verses 7-10 of Psalm 139: “Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.”
And you know what else, the true and deepest longing of our hearts is to not be able to escape His presence. We long to be found; we long to be known. Ironically, we build walls and fortresses to keep anyone from getting in, but that is not the true desire of our hearts. We long to be known, that we might lay down the masks, the pretending, the roles, and be who He has made us to be.
But we continue on this journey weighed down with our props and our facades, trying to fit in while truly longing to just “be”.
We need one another. We need to look together at the expansiveness of the Father. We need to dream God-sized dreams and be willing to go after those dreams. We need to cheer one another on, to carry the Word for one another, to be on our knees for one another.
There is no way, with our finite minds, that we can begin to grasp the magnitude of the Father. But if we come together with others who also seek Him, we will be shown different ways of looking, we will be taken to places of different perspective. We are each made to be in relationship with Him, but when we come together, it seems that more of the expansiveness can fill our hearts.
–Father, sometimes it feels as though you’re so big that I can’t even approach You. And then You come to me in such a tenderly intimate way, and I know that it is You who has approached me. Thank you that you cross the gaps that I cannot. Thank you that you bring me others who take me across other gaps and pray me on my way to you. Bless those ones who come to mind right now. . .