Small Problems Or Big God?

Do you think you limit your mental picture of God?

This week is a big deal for me. Tomorrow I get to resume training by riding my hand cycle for the first time in more than two months. Yes—there WILL be pictures!

I’m excited, but honestly I’m also scared. I’ve made a huge commitment to Rich’s Ride. After so much inactivity, what if I can’t do it?

Chasing Lions

I’m reading a challenging book titled In A Pit With A Lion On A Snowy Day by Mark Batterson. As he describes the improbable act of chasing a lion into a dark pit, Batterson claims that we pray for smaller problems because we have a small perception of God and what He can accomplish?

I’ve trained for Rich’s Ride since last summer. While the project presented numerous logistical and organizational issues, I was confident that actually riding the 1500 miles wouldn’t be an enormous challenge.

Now, I have to begin training from ground zero with less than ninety days until the ride begins. My comfort zone’s gone.

Mostly I seek the easy way. My original plan for the ride—200 miles per week for eight weeks—would have been relatively comfortable given my original training plans. Didn’t need God for that—I had it under control.

Now I’ll have to work my tail off, and still those first weeks will be really hard. I’m taking a true step of faith, believing despite the evidence.

I’m afraid. What if I fail? What if I disappoint everyone who’s counting on me? What if my big dream flops?

Suddenly I need a bigger picture of God.

I usually pray for Him to change my situation, to make the problem smaller so I can deal with it.

Maybe He wants me to trust Him, to believe He’s big enough to handle whatever comes along. Maybe He wants me to ask Him for the courage to face my circumstances.

Am I willing to stop wishing for smaller problems and start worshiping—and trusting—a bigger God?

I guess it’s time to find out.

Do you find yourself praying mostly for smaller problems?

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Relentless Grace: God’s Invitation To Give Hope Another Chance
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