Several years ago, I had the opportunity to go on a cruise with some friends. It is the only time I have ever been in the middle of the ocean with no land in sight. As I stood on the deck and considered the vast amount of water that surrounded me and the enormous amount of water beneath me, I truly felt less than a speck on the planet. It was awesome and terrifying at the same time.
Over the years I have considered the pure volume of water in that moment. It was incalculable and it was unimaginable. This week as I was praying, I decided to focus on the volume aspect of God. My mind went back to that moment on the open sea and I was able to get a faint idea of what it was to stand in God’s presence. I don’t know exactly how to put into words just what happens when we pray and relate to the God of Heaven. When I allow it, it is so overwhelming and so astonishing that it takes my breath. There are many times where it certainly takes my words. To be present before that kind of awe overshadows any sounds that could come out of my mouth. Many times, I just cry.
Now this sounds like it could be a bad thing. Is the reality of God so engulfing that we are hopeless before Him? Not at all. Just the opposite is true. His magnificence is not working against us, it is working for us. He has assured us that we have access to His Kingdom and His power anytime we need it. This changes how I pray. This is not a moment to ask for the minimum I need to get by and slink away. It is a moment to receive the fullness of what He wants to lavish on me. As Christians we are children of the God whose very presence contains more volume and mass than the sum of all the Earth’s water. That kind of volume can more than handle grief, sorrow, pain, needs, confusion, or anything else we may be going through.
So when you pray….consider to whom you are praying…get ready….take a deep breath…believe that He is the overwhelming fullness of all you could ever want or need.