Tuesday, January 5, 2010

God Likes a Good Kosher Hot Dog

God is big. I’ve tried to put God in a box and figure Him out. I can tell you, you can’t figure God out. I suggest you don’t try. I suggest you don’t try to put Him in a box either. He’ll burst out of it. Usually when He does, it leaves those of us who try to confine Him suffering from shock at the least.

So how big is God? The best answer is much, much bigger than you can ever imagine. God has been huge in my life. I have seen Him heal, provide and astound me. I can be pretty weak in my faith at times and yet there He is, He shows up and does amazing things.

Can you imagine when God showed how big He is by parting the Red Sea? We read those stories and even with the help of Cecil B. DeMille we still can’t fathom what that was like.  I’ve never seen anything like that, but I have seen hot dogs multiplied.

We all know Jesus multiplied the loaves and fishes, but He can also multiply hot dogs. Several years ago the church I was involved with did an outreach. We had a hot dog cart and in addition to music, games, preaching, etc., we were giving out free hot dogs.  The turnout was wonderful. Almost too wonderful, as we worried the hot dogs would run out. They never did.  We should have counted for doubters but we gave out a lot more hot dogs than were put in that steamer.

It’s pretty amazing when you see God heal someone. Can you imagine being in the crowd watching Jesus heal? Wow, that would be amazing. Yet I have seen Jesus heal. A few years ago at a Bible study a woman asked for prayer for her back. Now the people there all believed God healed. Doesn’t everyone who believes in God actually believe that God CAN heal? It only surprises us when He actually does it.

The prayer was rather polite and pleading.  Dee still in pain, thanked everyone. I was new to the group and said, can I pray? They said sure… why not? I don’t know what came over me (well I do, it was the Holy Spirit) but I decided to be uncharacteristically assertive with my prayer. Guess what? Dee got up and started walking around. She couldn’t believe it!!! No pain. God DID heal after all. Who knew?

Ok, So God is big. But when is He biggest? When does He absolutely out do Himself. He does it when He comes to live in the human heart. Here we are these fallen, sinful, willful, boastful, prideful – oh the list goes on and on – and yet the God of the whole universe comes to our hearts. He comes in, cleans us up, gives us a new life, gives us hope and a future, and gives us eternal life that starts now with life more abundantly – that’s Biblical language for a life that is AWESOME to say the least.

An old song says it very well:
How big is God? How big and wide His vast domain?
To try to tell these lips can only start
He’s big enough to rule this mighty universe
Yet, small enough to live within my heart.
(Stuart Hamblen, Copyright 1959, Hamblen Music Co.)


David said...

Thanks, Joyce for the simple reminder to continue to pray for the needs of those around me. I am convinced there is a lot God can't do unless we ask Him.

Thanks for another, in a long line, of heart warming stories that reveal the true nature of our loving God.

Tony C said...

Beautifully said Joyce. Your post motivated me to stop what I was doing and just thankfully pray to God for being who He is...my Creator.

We could praise and worship Him until our last dying breath for that fact alone, but He gives so much more. Love, Grace, Mercy and a gift called Salvation. It's overwhelming...