A Bigger God

“’Aslan, Aslan. Dear Aslan,’ sobbed Lucy. ‘At last.’ The great beast rolled over on his side so that Lucy fell, half sitting and half lying between his front paws. He bent forward and just touched her nose with his tongue. His warm breath came all round her. She gazed up into the large wise face.

‘Welcome, child,’ he said. ‘Aslan,’ said Lucy, ‘you’re bigger.’ ‘That is because you are older, little one,’ answered he. ‘Not because you are?’ ‘I am not. But every year you grow, you will find me bigger.’ (C. S. Lewis, Prince Caspian).

That’s how it goes. The older I get, the bigger I find God to be. The less able I am to explain who God is and why He does what He does. But then again, a god I could figure out an explain wouldn’t be very big, would he? A god who only acted to my standards and my ways would be one created in my own image rather than a God who created me in His.

I also find that as I get older and (hopefully) more mature, that my own awareness of my need for God grows. I don’t ever come to the place where I’m self-sufficient and can do all things in my own strength, but I’m God-dependence and can do all things through Him who strengthens me.

I don’t need a god who I can completely comprehend. I need a God who is bigger than me, bigger than my problems, bigger than anything that will ever come against me — even me. And this Advent season reminds me that the God small enough to fit in a manger is still bigger than the entire universe.

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