Scripture: from verse 12
[God] has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand…
Observation: There’s a vlogbrothers video that points out that humans are really terrible at wrapping our heads around things that are far bigger or far smaller than we are. If you ask me how much space five marbles will take up, I have an immediate intuitive sense of that, quite aside from whatever experience I may have in holding marbles. Five marbles will fit in the palm of my hand. If you ask me how much space a million marbles will take up, I have no idea. I know they will not fit in the palm of my hand. But whether they will fit in a bucket, in my car, in my house…I’m just not sure.
And then there’s God. I can make some rough calculations and estimate how much space the marbles will take up, after all, even if I can’t picture it. (Apparently I’m going to need around 250 5-gallon buckets to store them. I think they would, technically, fit in the house, but I doubt my husband would be pleased.) And God is even bigger than that.
God is so big that we can’t even comprehend the metaphors used to describe how big He is. The hollow of a hand is easy enough to understand, but using one to measure all the water of Earth is impossible. If the entire mass of water on Earth was pooled together, it would apparently make a giant ball the size of Spain. I cannot imagine a giant ball the size of Spain, even with a picture to help me. And this image of God is a couple orders of magnitude beyond that, and God Himself is even bigger than this image. The mind boggles.
But God likes our minds boggling. He likes that we try to understand Him, and He steps into our world to make Himself known. He notices us and loves us, which realistically is kind of like us taking an eager interest in the life and concerns of an amoeba.
The physics alone boggles the mind.
Application: Still boggling, sorry.
Prayer: God, you are pretty amazing. By which I mean considerably more awesomely amazing than I can even begin to describe. Thank you for giving us pictures of you, so that we can begin to understand who you are. Amen.