By Rev. Jordan McKenzie
As most of you know, I have identical twin boys. Having twins is quite an experience. In fact, I could probably write an entire book on the lessons I’ve already learned in just the first six months of being a parent to twins. But here’s something I learned just today: God is pretty amazing.
I learned that earlier this morning, when I was trying to get myself ready while also tending to the twins. This experience is something in between being suddenly dropped into a fierce battle and rushing into a burning building.
The twins seemed calm enough. There were no problems. So I ran to the next room to get a shirt, only to hear them both break out in screaming. So I ran back to help them. I re-positioned them to see if they wanted to be more comfortable. That didn’t work. So I held them. That didn’t work either. I figured they were hungry, only to realize I needed to make a new bottle downstairs. At the same time I realized one of them had a dirty diaper. What was I to do? Should I try to change one and put the other down? Should I try to put them both down and go make the bottle? Should I take them both, attempt to make a bottle while holding them, feed them, and then change the dirty diaper? It had to be one of the most momentous decisions of my life. (Just kidding… kind of.)
Finally, after what seemed like an eternity (it was probably a couple minutes) I was able to get one baby to calm down. Ah. Yes. He’s happy now. How peaceful. How cute. But then I realized… I still had a second baby who was fighting mad!
I suddenly thought to myself, “How am I supposed to take care of two babies at the same time when one is suddenly happy as could be and the other acts like he just got a root canal? How can I take care of both of them right now when they’re in two totally different moods?”
Then it hit me. I’m having trouble taking care of two tiny humans at the same time. But God takes care of all of us humans at the same time.
That’s totally amazing.
I mean think about it. There are over seven billion people on the planet. All have different circumstances, different issues, different hopes and dreams. Yet we are told that God knows each one of us by name, even knowing the number of hairs on our head, and the words we’ll speak before we speak them. We’re told that He watches over all of us and that there’s no where we can go to hide from Him.
How does God keep track of that? Does he have an administrative assistant to help? Does he have a Google doc or an excel spreadsheet that gives a rundown of what’s happening with every person each moment? Maybe He has color-coded binders filled with people’s life stories that help Him keep track of everyone.
Or maybe God can do it because He’s, you know, God.
See somehow God is big enough to care for each of us but also personal enough to care for each of us. That’s how amazing God is.
What else can we do except say thanks to God and praise Him? Perhaps we should join David in saying:
1 I exalt You, my God the King,
and praise Your name forever and ever.
2 I will praise You every day;
I will honor Your name forever and ever.
3 God is great and is highly praised;
His greatness is unsearchable.
4 One generation will declare Your works to the next
and will proclaim Your mighty acts.
5 I will speak of Your splendor and glorious majesty
andYour wonderful works.
6 They will proclaim the power of Your awe-inspiring acts,
and I will declare Your greatness.
7 They will give a testimony of Your great goodness
and will joyfully sing of Your righteousness.
The next time I’m holding my twins and in my arms and caring for them, I’ll remember that God does that for each of us. That’s how amazing God is. That’s how wonderful his love is. Thanks be to God.