The Bigness of God

Yes you read it correctly. The title says bigness, not business. In my life I have found that I spend a lot of time concerning myself with the business of God, but very little time pondering the bigness of God. God is big. (Probably the understatement of the year)

God is infinite.

We are not.

I was talking with my daughter Erin the other day and she made a very astute declaration. Erin said, “I love learning from the scriptures. The more I learn about God, the bigger He gets.” What Erin is finding is what all Christ followers find if they continue to grow in knowledge and faith of Jesus Christ: God keeps getting bigger.

C.S. Lewis, the great theologian, captures this idea in a beautiful scene in his children’s book, “Prince Caspian”. Let me set the scene: Prince Caspian is the second book in the Narnia series. We see the Pevensie Children venture back to the world of Narnia to accomplish another great adventure. As the children are working out the plot of the book, Lucy is keeping an eye out for her hero, Aslan the great lion. When Aslan and Lucy finally meet up we read this…

And then—oh joy! For he was there: the huge Lion, shining white in the moonlight, with his huge black shadow underneath him.

   But for the movement of his tail he might have been a stone lion, but Lucy never thought of that. She never stopped to think whether he was a friendly lion or not. She rushed to him. She felt her heart would burst if she lost a moment. And the next thing she knew was that she was kissing him and putting her arms as far round his neck as she could and burying her face in the beautiful rich silkiness of his mane.   

“Aslan, Aslan. Dear Aslan,” sobbed Lucy. “At last.”  

The great beast rolled over on his side so that Lucy fell, half sitting and half lying between his front paws. He bent forward and just touched her nose with his tongue. His warm breath came all round her. She gazed up into the large wise face.

   “‘Welcome, child,” he said.

   “AsIan,” said Lucy, “you’re bigger.”

   “That is because you are older, little one,” answered he.

   “Not because you are?”

   “I am not. But every year you grow, you will find me bigger.”

C.S. Lewis, Prince Caspian: The Return to Narnia The Chronicles of Narnia (1951, this edition Harper Collins, 1994)

Many people know Lewis’ story of Aslan is an analogy of Christ played out in a children’s make believe story. This specific scene depicts the bigness of God. As Lucy grows, so does her perception of Aslan. The same is for us. As we grow in faith and knowledge, God always looks BIGGER.

My prayer for each of us is that we be intentional in our spiritual growth. That by growing in grace, the size of God grows as well. May your lion be bigger and bigger as the days go by.

Grace and peace to you,

MIke