When we saw this indent in the mountainside at Zion National Park last summer, one of my family members stated, “That looks like God’s thumbprint!” God’s fingerprint truly is spread all over creation – all of creation declares His glory. When we honestly study the universe without any bias opinions, we will be pointed to our marvelous Creator.
So, though I hands-down agree with this, while enjoying the scenery and hikes in Zion, I turned the statement over in my mind. I began to think of it literally as: No, that can’t be God’s thumbprint because His finger would be much bigger than that.
In Job, because of what his friends say, Job begins maximizing his righteousness compared to the Lord. So God intervenes and says, “Were you there when I laid the foundations of the earth? Do you tell the sun when to rise or command the ocean where to stop? Do you have an arm like God? Do you hold the Pleiades in your hands?”
Hold on – what on earth is that? Well, first off, it’s not on earth. The Pleiades is a cluster of over 3000 stars that spans over 20 light-years and is located about 400 light-years away from earth. A light-year is about 5.88 trillion miles. So in a mathematical equation: 400 x 5.88 trillion = how many miles the Pleiades are from earth.
The Bible also says God “ upholds the universe by the Word of His power.” The Pleiades is merely one small portion of the universe! There’s also Betelgeuse – a star about 600 light-years away from earth. This star is twice the size of the earth’s orbit around the sun. In other words, you can fix 262 trillion earths inside of Betelgeuse! If this isn’t amazing enough, I could also mention the Whirlpool Galaxy, located about 30 million light-years away from earth. This galaxy, which is 60,000 light-years across, contains 300 billion stars. And yet, God holds the whole universe in the palms of His hands!
The more I thought on this, the more I realized the “thumbprint” on the mountainside was probably even smaller than the derma papillae on God’s hand! This is how big and how great our God is!
As we are encouraged in our thought life, as we are challenged to take thoughts captive, as we are learning to think God’s thoughts throughout this month’s posts, I want to offer a bit of what was a breakthrough for me: when we think in our own terms, and not in accordance to God’s thoughts for us, we maximize our problems, we blowup our troubles, and we make our petty issues big while we shrink our God. We make God small. We make God unable to carry out the impossible. We make God weak. In our minds, our “whatever” becomes big while God becomes small.
Yet, in reality, God is huge and our troubles are tiny-winy in comparison with His greatness! When we dwell on negative thoughts, we doubt God’s goodness – but God’s goodness is so grand, we can’t explore the vastness of it!
I challenge you to think big thoughts, to think God-sized thoughts, to think thoughts that remind you of His greatness. This is not to say our difficulties are not real or challenging – they definitely can be – but what is bigger: our hardship or our God? This is the difference. When we train ourselves to dwell on God’s bigness, suddenly our troubles don’t seem so terrible since we remind ourselves the God of the impossible is stronger and greater than anything we will ever face in this life!