Bigger than I realize

I love going to the beach.  It is a powerful reminder that the world is much bigger than I realize.  I can’t help but feel small when I stand under the vast sky and look miles out into the ocean, only to know that it continues to go on and on and on for hundreds of miles.

I love Psalm 103 because it helps me see that God’s love is much bigger than I realize.  God knows us so well – he knows that just saying “I love you” often doesn’t cut it for us.  The words feel so ordinary, so powerless, and they often just bounce off, failing to drive deep into our souls.  And so God steps down to our level, talking to us like children, helping us to see just how great his love is for us…

For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him;
 as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us.
 As a father shows compassion to his children, so the Lord shows compassion to those who fear him.

As high as the heavens are above the earth, as far as the east is from the west, as a father has compassion on his children – God describes his love towards us in beautiful, compelling, and immeasurable ways.  I’m slowly learning to live in this bigger story.  I’m slowly seeing that God’s love is bigger than I can imagine - bigger than my mistakes and failures, bigger than my wanderings and doubts, and bigger than my fears and anxieties.    

The picture posted here is my son (Ethan) running on the beach, enjoying the life he has been given.  This picture reminds me of the life I so desperately long for - a life lived under the vastness of God’s love and faithfulness.  It is a life of joy and freedom, where I continually see that his goodness and love are so much bigger than I realize.