Wednesday, October 29, 2008

when is a bird bigger than a mountain?

this mornings daily bread just spoke to my heart ... about our attitude ... about faith ... about how we perceive our problems ... just had to share with you guys ... blessings on your mid week!


READING: Isaiah 40:12-13,25-31

He . . . sits above the circle of the earth, and its inhabitants are like grasshoppers. —Isaiah 40:22Question: When is a bird bigger than a mountain? Answer: When the bird is closer than the mountain.

In reality, the bird is not bigger than the mountain, but it sure looks that way when the feathery fellow is perched on my window ledge and the mountain is far away in the distance.

Sometimes we perceive God this way in relationship to our problems. The troubles facing us seem huge because they are so close—like a big black bird with beady eyes and a sharp beak waiting for a smaller animal’s weariness to turn into helplessness so it can devour it. At such times, God seems as far away as a distant mountain, and we perceive Him as being small and unreachable.

The prophet Isaiah changes our perspective by asking these rhetorical questions: “Who has measured the waters in the hollow of His hand, measured heaven with a span and calculated the dust of the earth in a measure? Weighed the mountains in scales and the hills in a balance?” (40:12). The Lord “gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might He increases strength” (v.29).

Just as a bird is never bigger than a mountain, no problem is ever bigger than God. It’s all a matter of changing our perspective. — Julie Ackerman Link


The problems that we face each day
Can seem too much to bear
Until we turn our eyes to Christ
And trust His tender care. —Sper


We worship a God who is greater than our greatest problem.

10 comments:

Penless Thoughts said...

So much is in our perception instead of truth. May we all stand firm on the truth of God's Word.
Susan

Sita said...

"Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful Face,
And the things of the earth
Will grow strangely dim,
In the light of His glory and grace.."

So true, Saija...similar theme in Elaine's post here...
http://peaceforthejourney.blogspot.com/2008/10/forest-for-trees.html

Mari said...

What a wonderful truth in that devotion! With all that is happening in our world, that's a great reminder!

Pat said...

A very timely devotional. I love the words to that old song that Sita wrote. God is greater than any problem or fear.

Fred said...

Wonderful passage. As usual, I love stopping by for an inspirational message.

Deborah said...

Amen!

Cathy said...

Loved that wonderful, encouraging devotional, Saija ~

Felisol said...

Dear Saija,
this last week I have been reminded over and over again, over at the Pilgrim Pals' and here at your site about God the ALMIGHTY.
Little by little the truth is penetrating this shell of fear that has surrounded me.
Thank you, dear Saija, for being the carrier of good news.
From Felisol

Nancy said...

This is such a timely post for this unsettled time in our world. Thank you so much...

Maggie Ann said...

What good thoughts! thank you =)