Space is infinite, as far as we know. We talk of billions and trillions and gazillions of light years. who knows what the greatest measurement is?! Infinitillions? It’s easy to see that since we keep learning more and more about what is out there, the number is beyond imagination.
God says that His love for us is that great. Psalm 103:11 tells us: “For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is His love for those who fear Him.” Can you imagine?
How much do you love your family – your spouse, children, parents? Can you measure that love? God loves you more.
When my children were very little, and I would tell them “I love you” they would respond: “I love you more.” Eventually I started to respond, “I love you mostest.” It got to be a game to see who would get to say “mostest” first. And we would giggle. One day, my daughter said (after I said, “I love you mostest”), “I love you mostest mostest.” And we really laughed long and hard after that one.
God loves you more than you can imagine. Mostest.
Sometimes when we look at all the pain and suffering in the world, we are tempted to think that God doesn’t care at all. Yet He says His love is beyond our imagination. How can that be?
Some can’t equate that love with all the pain they see around them. I have no easy answer, but one thing I know for sure. God didn’t cause the pain and suffering. People did. Our sins are great, but His love is greater.
He’s given us all the knowledge we need to stop the violence, all the food we need to feed the hungry, and we can dig wells for those who don’t have them. We can be good stewards of our world, that has all that we need to survive. God loves us and will help us do all that, and to love others.
I know this, too, and I ask myself: “Who am I but just one powerless person?” I ask God, “What do you want me to do? I ache for those in pain and who are suffering!” And I hear a small inner voice that says, “Love. That’s all I’ve ever asked you to do.”
So how do I love? If I see a need, I try to fill it as best I can. I can’t take food to the starving children overseas, but I can contribute to my local food pantry. I can’t stop the violence and wars, but I can love my neighbor, even when he or she has had a bad day and is grumpy. I can help those I know who need practical help. And most importantly of all, I can pray. Especially for those who don’t know God’s love and may be causing all I see around me that grieves all the rest of us.
No doubt, you may have a better list. Just remember, that regardless of what you decide to do, prayer is an option. And remember that God loves you so much more than you can possibly imagine. As high as the heavens. Infinitillions! With that love, all things are possible.
And if I’m looking grumpy, remind me too!