For a young couple expecting their first child, a doctor's appointment for an ultrasound would undoubtedly be an exciting time. It is when countless other couples have heard, "You're having a boy!" or "Get ready for your baby girl!" It is also a time when they would hear the words, "Baby is doing well!" But not this time ... Not for my friend and her husband 15 years ago. What she has faced since the days of her pregnancy, when doctors told her she would give birth to a child with physical and mental challenges, have been used by The Lord to strengthen her faith and bring her back to the amazing truth that Jesus is her all in all. This post was written by her.
“God is bigger than the boogie man, He’s bigger than Godzilla or the monsters on TV. Oh, God is bigger than the boogie man, and He’s watching out for you and me.” Do these words ring a bell? If you’ve been around children at all, then you’ll know that these are some of the very words that have unwittingly gotten stuck in our heads and hummed as we’ve gone about our day. As catchy as these tunes are, the words are what make them quite remarkable in their simplicity. God is bigger. Yes, bigger and incomparably greater than anything. Yes, even Godzilla.
One of my children recently said to me, “Mom, can we pray to God right now? He’s big. He’s bigger than anything. That’s why we can pray to Him.” Such a simple truth that I often forget it as I go about my day. This simple comment from my son triggered the remembrance of the Veggie Tales song and brought to mind a couple of things God had been showing me about Himself during that time. God is BIG!
I’m mom to David, born almost 15 years ago with multiple anomalies and a syndrome that brought with it moderate to severe retardation. God also saw fit to bless us with 3 more children after David. As a mom of a child with physical and mental challenges (see my previous guest post), there has been a very specific fear that continually lingers in the back of my mind. Will my other children, David’s younger siblings, be bitter toward him for who he is? I know this sounds odd or possibly confusing, so I’ll elaborate a bit.
On the one side, David is a very sweet and cuddly dude. He loves to give high fives and gives the best hugs. On the flip side of the same coin, he can be inconsiderate (mean); sometimes purposely, other times, unknowingly. His tantrums are a big issue. A constant part of our lives is his consistent tantrums in private and in public. We have to leave restaurants prematurely or wait around while he finishes a tantrum on the sidewalk of a public place. Out of the blue, he would yank a sibling’s hair or pinch. Most times, there is no trigger. He just does it. My other children often get discouraged and say, “Why does he have to ruin everything all the time?!” “Why is he sooo mean?” I get it. It’s hard. I (who have been saved 20+ years) have a hard time.
The fear that my children would not love, appreciate, or extend grace to their big brother can gnaw on me at times. What do we do? How do we move forward? What more can we do to encourage them to be patient with their brother? Uncertainties come with life. Fear is a natural reaction of the flesh. But, what do we do when fear creeps in? We remember our infinitely BIGGER, infinitely WISER, and lovingly sovereign God. In 2 Kings 6:15-18, it says,
When the servant of the man of God got up and went out early the next morning, an army with horses and chariots had surrounded the city. “Oh no, my lord! What shall we do?” the servant asked.
“Don’t be afraid,” the prophet answered. “Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.”
And Elisha prayed, “Open his eyes, Lord, so that he may see.” Then the Lord opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.
As the enemy came down toward him, Elisha prayed to the Lord, “Strike this army with blindness.” So he struck them with blindness, as Elisha had asked.
Our God is the same God Elisha worshipped. The infinitely big God was able to protect Elisha from his enemies in a fashion that showed His great power and sovereignty. HE IS IN CONTROL. This is our God.
In Joshua 1, God gives a mighty, scary charge to Joshua. “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” (v. 9) We have a God who is with us wherever we go, even within the four walls of our home. He is faithful. We can be strong and courageous as we face the uncertainties and fears of life because He hears our cries to Him; He is able to answer our prayers according to His perfect will. He is all powerful and more than able to protect us. This is our God; the God of Elisha and Joshua.
So, when we hear the words “God is bigger than the boogie man,” I hope that we will be reminded of the truth that is in those words. We have an infinitely big God, with infinite wisdom, who is infinitely powerful….and He is on our side.
(I hope this encouraged you today that no matter how enormous and overwhelming your circumstances seem to be, God is immeasurably bigger. If you would like to read my friend's story of how God first unveiled this amazing miracle in her life, click here).
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