Sometimes this parenting thing gets more than a little overwhelming. There are days (both with very young kids and with older ones) when I have slumped into a chair and thought, “I just can’t do this!” There have been nights when I rested my head on the pillow thinking, “I don’t know what to do about that.” And there have been times when I felt certain I was doing it all alone…and all wrong. Please tell me you’ve felt the same way.
So today, I don’t have anything new or innovative. Maybe today, you and I both need to be reminded about the character and nature of God. This fun song does the trick for me every time. Don’t just teach it to your children or sing along with them. Take time to really think about Who God is.
My God is so big, so strong, and so mighty. There’s nothing my God cannot do.
Consider each of these adjectives.
- God is bigger than my…
- dwindling bank account
- child’s temper tantrums
- God is stronger than my…
- teenager’s rebellion
- God is mightier than my…
- friend’s harsh words
- child’s learning difficulty
In fact, there is absolutely nothing beyond the scope of His power or ability! Easy to say, harder to live out. Am I right? If you do a word search at BibleGateway (or in your concordance) for mighty, or strong (big would probably give you too many options), you’ll find encouraging verses like this one:
The Mighty One, God, the Lord, speaks and summons the earth from the rising of the sun to where it sets. -Psalm 50:1
The mountains are His, The rivers are His, The stars are His handiwork, too.
We look to creation to affirm what the Spirit speaks to our hearts—that He is sovereign. Flip through some pictures of your last hike or vacation. Or just look out the window! The Apostle Paul said, “For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made…” (Romans 1:20).
For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. -Colossians 1:16-17
Everything belongs to Him—the storms and the butterflies, the decay and the sunrise, the hugs and the heartbreak.
My God is so big, so strong, and so mighty. There’s nothing my God cannot do!
Parents, God can handle this…whatever “this” is! Reset your focus off the issue and onto Him. He will adjust your perspective and begin to show you the way forward. Remember when Job asked God “why”? (This is one of my favorite Bible points right now.) God didn’t answer Job’s question. Instead, God invited Job to see Who He is. When we bring Him our problems, often before He gives us solutions or answers, He asks us to remember the same thing: that He is so big, so strong, and so mighty, that there’s nothing He can’t do.
If it helps, you can do the motions for the song. Do you remember them? I especially like “so mighty.”
Do you ever have those end-of-the-rope moments? What do you do at those times? When you begin to reflect on God’s size, strength and/or might, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below!
Attribution: by Ruth Harms Calkin. There are many variations on this song, some copyrighted, some not.
Previously in this series:
Still to come:
- If You’re Happy and You Know It
- He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands