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I watched the movie “All Is Lost” starring Robert Redford this past week. It wasn’t a great movie, or even a very good one. But I was really impressed by some of the visuals of Redford lost at sea, adrift in a seemingly endless ocean.
“All Is Lost” is as barebones simple of a movie as it gets. Redford’s character (whose name or background we never learn) is sailing across the ocean. One morning he awakes to a huge leak in his ship. The movie follows him trying to fix the leak and trying to stay alive.
That’s all. No other characters. Only 2 or 3 lines of dialogue across 2 hours. Just an old man and the sea.
Like I said, I was awestruck by the enormity of the ocean in the film. “All Is Lost” worked as a great advertisement against ever setting sail on my own.
As Redford’s character kept battling the elements, I kept wondering, “Why would you ever mess with the ocean?”
The ocean is so vast and uncontrollable and unpredictable. Why would you ever attempt to conquer it? The ocean can swallow you up without even noticing you.
God created that ocean. He created everything on this vast planet.
Yeah, duh. I know that. I’ve always known that.
But I think I forget sometimes just how big God is.
In writing POP GOD for the past year, I’ve spent a lot of time creating analogies to describe how God exists among us, how he is present in our pop culture. I write about how God is close and relatable and personal. I write about how people can interact with God on an intimate level.
I still believe all of that is true. I just don’t write or think enough about the flipside of how big God is.
God is huge. He is all-consuming. He is the creator and the conductor of the ocean and the earth and the stars and the universe. He is the controller and author of our lives and our destiny.
Each one of us is like a tiny sailboat amongst the endless ocean of God’s vast being.
Thinking about how big God is can be frightening. It can be overwhelming.
And it should be. Every one of us ought to have a healthy fear of the Lord.
Fear is not a bad thing though. The enormity of God can be just as comforting as the intimacy of God.
Knowing this incomprehensibly massive and powerful God is the same God we can call on and interact with is what makes His love and mercy so incredible. The same God who orchestrates the ocean is alive inside the spirits of those who place their faith in Him.
When all seems lost in your life, when you appear to be a ship adrift in an ocean uncontrollable, remember there is a God who is in control of all things great and small. The same God who conducts the waves comforts us in our smallest problems.
“If grace is an ocean, we’re all sinking…” – How He Loves by John Mark McMillan
Do you ever take for granted just how big God is?