DayBreaks for 12/19/11 – The Best Comes in Small Packages
Sunday morning, the speaker at church told a story about his daughter who is in Italy at the present time. Because she’s there, he has started reading about the places she’s been and the things she’s seen in order to share them vicariously. He noted that in one book, it was talking about St. Peter’s Basilica, and it said, “To say that St. Peter’s is vast is like saying that God is smart.” St. Peter’s is vast…probably the largest church in Christendom, covering 5.7 acres. Not even the church I attended this past Sunday was anywhere as large!
It seems to me, however, that the statement from the book is an understatement of magnificent proportions. Comparing vastness to St. Peter’s is understandable, but is St. Peter’s really all that vast in terms of the scale of the universe? No, it is tiny and insignificant. And so it is that comparing God with “being smart” is an understatement of far greater proportion because God’s “smartness” is infinite.
You see, when it comes to God, he defines any of our attempts to, well, define or describe him. To what should we compare Him, He asks? If we were to compare him to the power of the sea, it would be foolish. Even the most powerful laser that scientists are building, one capable of delivering 100,000 times the entire power of the world’s electrical system for a trillionth of a second (here’s new term for you – that would be 200 petawatts for those who are interested) is nothing compared to the power that is at work in the universe as a whole…of the power of the God who with a Word called that universe into existence.
The most amazing thing about it all, though, is this: all that power, all that “smartness”, all that energy, all that wisdom…wrapped itself up in a tiny ball of human flesh and blood and after exiting his mother’s body, was wrapped in cloths and placed in a manager in Bethlehem.
It is true that not just the best, but the most powerful of all things, comes in small packages!
PRAYER: For the wonder of the Incarnation, of the sheer Presence of the All-Powerful in human form, we bow in worship and amazement, Lord Jesus! Glory to You who rules all things forever and ever!!! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Copyright 2011 by Galen C. Dalrymple.
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