What does ‘God’ mean to you?

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God’s name has so much meaning. And it shows us that He is both, the God of the big picture and the God of the detail. But does He mean for you?

When you say: “God”, what does come to your mind? What does His name or this word evoke in you?

Pause and think about it for a moment.

Do you think about God’s physical ‘size’ or greatness as a miracle-making God? Or do you have something else in mind?  

I often start my prayer by acknowledging that God is… God. That He is my Lord. I like to stop and think about what my words actually mean. I do not want to say them automatically, simply for the sake of saying the right things.

And when I think about it for a bit longer, it makes me think about His vastness. To me, the name ‘God’ says how vast He is. He covers everything, physically and spiritually.

Hovering God

This thought takes me back to the beginning of the Bible, the book of Genesis:

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was formless and empty, and darkness covered the deep waters. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters.” (emphasis mine)

Genesis 1:1-2 (NLT)

It is the ‘hovering’ that to me encompasses the nature of God.

I love to think about God as God hovering over my life, hovering over the earth, covering everything.  

He is omnipotent and omnipresent – He knows EVERYTHING and is EVERYWHERE. He covers every aspect of our physical and spiritual life. Nothing is hidden and nothing is unknown to Him. And that’s a good thing.

God of the detail

But despite being the God who covers lots of ground, the general picture, He is also the God of the detail. He’s not afraid to get involved in things like individual lives.

He is not afraid to get close, to get into the little things – even if we are far from being ‘holy’ or even more then. He is interested in our salvation as much as He is interested in our lunch and what we wear.

When He comes into someone’s life, He penetrates every inch of it, in a good way. Like paint or ink spreads in water on the picture below.

Photo by Jill Burrow from Pexels

Close to the little ‘ugly’ things

If He gets into the little things, He will see both the beautiful and the ugly in us. Yet, He is not afraid of it.

When Jesus walked the earth, He was not afraid to get close to the ‘unholy’ – a leper, Mary Magdalene possessed by demons, even his disciples who did not know how to pray or were getting angry at small things (remember “Sons of thunder”?) and argued who should be the first.

He was not afraid to get involved with people who left their parents and abandoned their culture, like Matthew, or whose childhoods weren’t perfect.

God for you

You might be thinking today that you are not enough. Maybe, you feel like you should be doing something more or you feel like you’ve messed up at work or at home.

Regardless of what is going through your mind, what have you or haven’t done, the vast God who hovers over the WHOLE earth wants to get close to YOU.

He was and is not afraid of demons, wrong choices or lack of judgement.

And He is not afraid to get involved with you.

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