Monday, November 23, 2009


"The Office" is one of our favorite tv shows. We absolutely love it--Michael's antics, Dwight's craziness, Jim and Pam's epic love story, Michael's stupidity. What a great show.

One of my favorite episodes is one in which the whole office goes on mandatory sales calls. During one of the calls that Jim and Dwight are on, Dwight asks the potential customer if he can use his phone. As Jim continues speaking to the prospect about the advantages of working with their company in spite of the fact that they are small without the advantages of the larger chains, Dwight dials a number and lays the phone down, putting the line on speakerphone. After a few moments they are greeted by the automated service line of one of the large chain stores. After several menu choices, the automated system places them on hold to wait an eternity and a half for the next available customer service rep. To prove his point, Jim picks up his cell, promptly dials back to their office, and immediately gets one of their customer service reps…no hassle, no wait. Point made. They make the sale.

I couldn’t help but think of this yesterday as our pastor spoke a message about how big our God is. As one peruses the scriptures, it is difficult to deny the fact that our God is a super big God with all power, holiness, awesomeness, greatness, perfection…. But the thing that struck me during the sermon is that our God is so big that He is able to be small. He has all the resources necessary—like the big chain store, but He provides the personal customer service of the little guys.

I continued to be reminded of it as one of my friends told me a story about her dog disappearing. She said the entire time her dog went missing, she was crying and praying, yet she kept thinking that what she was going through was such a petty thing to be requesting prayer for. Why waste God’s time listening to her cry about her missing pet, when there are so many more important things to be praying for? People are dying of cancer, families have lost loved ones, children have gone missing, and we are praying about a dog? But that’s how big our God is….

In case you don’t want to take my word for it….

Matthew 10:29 states that sparrows, who are really worth nothing by our standards, matter to God to the extent that he has a plan for each of them
Luke 12:27-28 basically says that God takes care of the flowers on the ground, and they do nothing for him…how much more is he going to care about our concerns?

The thing is, God made us because he wanted a relationship—a close relationship. I don’t know how much you know about relationships, but usually, if you are in a close relationship with someone, things that matter to them, even small things, matter to you. Things that hurt them—even little things—rile you up, make you want to tear people’s hair out (not that God actually goes there, I am sure he is much more civil in his anger).

Point being, God cares. Big things…little things…it does not matter to my God. If it matters to me, it matters to Him. He’s just that big.

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