Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Outside the Comfort Zone

Photo courtesy Erik Thorson copyright 2013

The sky is so vast,
I am so small.
The river is swift,
I am so weak.
You dance on the clouds.
You walk on the water.
Call me to You, Lord.

We once rescued a lone feral kitten from the bushes. Her mother had killed the rest of the litter. The little one that was left wasn't ready to be weaned, so I had to bottle feed her until she was old enough to eat solid food. 

She grew to be a beautiful tabby/Siamese mix with a striped face, gorgeous brown feet and ears, and long, soft fur. We named her Silky, and she soon ruled the house with typical Siamese attitude. She was so protected and adored, it was six years before even we let her outside for the first time. By then she appeared to have no memories of her previous life in the bush.

Her first experience with the outdoors was hilarious. She slinked cautiously out the door and and stepped distastefully through the grass. Then she was hit with the enormity of Outside. This was not the fun place she had admired from the living room window.

This new room was tall.  

Overpowered by its bigness, she made herself as low and small as possible, in case the sky fell down upon her. 

The events of the last week have had me looking to the sky a little more often. It's made me realize just  how really big God is. He caused an asteroid to pass by the earth, and He made sure it didn't hit us. But He did allow a meteorite to enter the atmosphere the same day, just to remind us of His twin attributes of power and patience.

Lately He's been reminding me of His all-encompassing control of the universe, a super-power He restrains for the love of the world He created. He is so very much more than I can even begin to fathom. Much of the time, I'm occupied within my own comfort zone. Every once in a while, though, I step out of my safety net and catch a glimpse of His limitlessness.

It's breathtaking.

It makes me want to get very low. Not because I'm afraid of Him, but because I'm in awe. It seems the only fitting response to such a King is to bow in recognition of my smallness in His presence.

Total surrender seems an appropriate response to His majesty. I thank God that He is such a God of mercy, as well. Truly, there is no one like Him, the perfect habitation of grace and truth.

Who is like You among the gods, O LORD?
Who is like You, majestic in holiness,
Awesome in praises, working wonders?
Exodus 15:11

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