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Thursday, November 15, 2018
Evergreen Lake, Colorado
Here's another photo from Brooksyne's trip to Colorado last week. She saw lots of snow in the mountains. We have our first seasonal snow forecast today with the first light snowflakes we have seen this season! But just 1-3 inches are forecast at this time.
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"God Is Big Enough!"

Message summary: Based upon our limited perspective and understanding we may tend to apply our notion of "bigness" to God.

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"Who has measured the waters in the hollow of His hand, or with the breadth of His hand marked off the heavens? Who has held the dust of the earth in a basket, or weighed the mountains on the scales and the hills in a balance?" (Isaiah 40:12).

I am aware that one must be careful about sharing personal information or data on the web but with her permission I will go ahead and share that Brooksyne is just short of 1,700,000,000 nanometers tall. Now unless you find a nifty online conversion widget to convert this measurement it will seem like goobly goop to you. In fact I don't think I ever heard of a nanometer till we visited the Intel Museum last month in Santa Clara, CA. It is a measurement used for extremely tiny objects like computer chips. A nanometer is a unit of length in the metric system, equal to one billionth of a meter.

Brooksyne at Intel headquarters
Brooksyne couldn't remember my  taking this picture and when she saw it she thought that the fab tech was me dressed up in the clean suit! In fact she told me I looked pretty good; ten years younger and somewhat thinner too!

Appraising size, whether something is big or little, is relative. After all, we would all be very large standing next to an ant but very small next to a whale.

Based upon our limited perspective and understanding we may tend to apply our notion of bigness to God. An old gospel song we enjoy is "How Big Is God?" Let's also consider the song, "He's Got The Whole World In His Hands" which may very well be based on the daily verse.

Isaiah 40 is one of the most majestic chapters in the entire Bible and in all English literature for that matter.

Grasping God's ImmensityToday's text asks four questions that illustrate the awesome greatness and almightiness of God. Let's just consider the first question, "Who has measured the waters in the hollow of His hand?" Now I've got a pretty big hand and I tried to see how much water I could place in the hollow of my hand. As hard as I tried I was unable to hold a Tablespoon measurement!

But Isaiah says our great God "measured the waters in the hollow of His hand". I have no idea how anybody can begin to figure this out but I calculated, if my math is anywhere near correct, that's about 346,250,000,000,000,000 gallons. It might be easier for us to mentally calculate those 18 digits in the vast number I just wrote by realizing that 70 percent of the earth's surface is covered by water.

However that's nothing compared to the next statement concerning God's immensity.
"With the breadth of His hand [He] marked off the heavens."

Now of course neither Isaiah nor I are asserting that God is a physical being. But as Isaiah made this imaginative visual picture we are much more likely to consider the immensity and greatness of our God. This is the mighty, awe-inspiring, supernatural God we serve!

In the verse immediately before, Isaiah launches into these declarations of God's greatness when he states that, "He tends His flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in His arms and carries them close to His heart; He gently leads those that have young" (v. 11).

That's the greatness of our God! He is immense, beyond measure, as far as one galaxy is from another.  Inaccessible to our view, and yet tenderly accessible to our soul 24/7 since His Spirit dwells within the heart of the believer. Let us stay faithful to Him today.

How big is God! How big and wide His vast domain,
To try to tell these lips can only start,
He's big enough to rule His mighty universe,
Yet small enough to live within my heart.

Be encouraged today,

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Praying manDaily prayer: Father, it is commonly tempting to understand You in human terms and measure your worth such as Isaiah prolifically depicts in his prophetic letter. When he describes the means by which we, Your created ones go about measuring, one's ability falls enormously short of what You, in Your divine nature, have done, what You can do and what You will do. We are unable to understand or appreciate all that You do  because we are the finite created ones and You are the infinite Creator. There is nothing and no one who can compare with You. You are the most blessed, most glorious, the Ancient of Days, Almighty, victorious, Your great name we praise! Amen.

Kleen-Rite car wash show car 11/14/18
Yesterday we visited the employees at Kleen-Rite for a special car wash show with vendors from various companies who sell supplies and many car wash owners. This is a good demonstration of a clean, well-detailed antique car!

Mount Pleasant Operation Shoebox truck
Many churches are participating in the Operation Christmas Child shoe box outreach.
Mount Pleasant packed this old truck for a very colorful delivery to the regional collection center!

First snow 11/15/18
Our first snow of the season!

Today's Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources

"Big Enough"  Video  Joseph Habedank

"How Big Is God?"  Video  John Hall  We recall Big John Hall (as he was known back then) coming to sing at our Bible College in the mid-seventies.

How big is God! How big and wide His vast domain,
To try to tell these lips can only start,
He's big enough to rule His mighty universe,
Yet small enough to live within the heart.

"Bigger Than Any Mountain"  Video  Homecoming Singers

"A Mighty Fortress Is Our God"  Video  Calvary Church Choir

"How Great Is Our God"  Video  Chris Tomlin

"I Got Saved"  Video  Corey Voss

What a blessing to hear Alexander Scourby read this chapter in the King James Version (Listen here)

Yesterday's aerial photo was over Baltimore's Inner Harbor!

Finally today:

Dr Joe at Kleen-Rite car wash show car 11/14/18
Doctor Joe - We met some interesting people at the Kleen-Rite Car Wash show yesterday including Doctor Joe, who is a "towel doctor", lab coat and all! It's not everyday you get to meet people like Joe who has such an impressive degree! This was our second time to visit with Joe, and you can see by his happy smile, he exhibits a joyful disposition as we converse together.

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