The last time I led a short-term missions trip, I felt like I let my team down. Our international short-term program had started small, and I had led teams each year as it grew. But in the fourth year we were sending eight teams, and though I wondered about my ability to concentrate on the needs of one team while also overseeing the larger program, I gave it a shot.
It was a mistake, and I regretted that decision. My team had a distracted leader. It was a painful way to come face to face with my inability to focus well on both the big picture and the small details. I was unable to handle the Macro and the Micro at the same time.
This is one of many areas where I celebrate the fact that God is NOT like me. He handles the Macro and Micro equally well – which is to say, perfectly.
A Phil Wickham lyric drove this idea home on my Sabbath hike a couple of days ago. The song “Safe” includes this phrase:
“You will be safe in His arms, you will be safe in His arms.
The hands that hold the world are holding your heart.”
Those words, and the truth behind them, grabbed me and wouldn’t let me go. The hands that hold the world are – they really ARE – holding my heart! God in His perfection gives attention to the world that He created, while tenderly cradling and protecting the hearts of the people that He lovingly calls His children.
God does what I can’t do. He is amazingly, wonderfully NOT like me! That realization is the foundation of all true worship, and it became the platform last Saturday for a delightful few minutes of grateful prayer in the hills northwest of Prescott.
I searched for other ways the Macro/Micro principle applies to Him, and came up with a few:
- He counts the stars and knows them by name, while knowing my name and the number of hairs on my head.
- He fills the universe, and lives in my heart.
- He is the Lord of the Nations who invites little children to come to Him.
- He sovereignly directs world events to accomplish His purposes on earth, while hearing the prayers and guiding the steps of those who look to Him as their Shepherd.
I’m sure there are many other areas in which God’s divine ability to focus on the big picture and the small details are worshipfully mind-blowing. Can I invite you to meditate on that idea for couple of minutes? If something comes to mind, I encourage you to mention it in the Comments section below.
I’d love for everyone who reads this post to walk away convinced, in some new way, that God is not limited like we are, and that He is worthy of worship as the God of the Macro and the Micro.
Because the hands that hold the world are holding our hearts.
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