Bathtub Water

19 05 2010

The most profound conversations always seem to happen in the car. We were driving to school, having a talk about the sun. It had reached the point with my three-year old buddy that the answer had to be “because that is the way God made it.” (Amazing how quickly a toddler can show you how little you really know!) His next question was, “Who is God?” A big question for a little guy.

How you answer this question is incredibly important. Here faith is boiled down to its essential elements. CS Lewis said, “What you believe about God is the most important thing about you.” It will determine the depth of your surrender, the strength of your commitment, and the surety of your hope.

Wanting to give my little friend a wise answer, I replied, “God is the Lord of the heavens and the earth and the sky and the trees.” He thought about this for a minute and said, “And bathtub water.” God and I both just had to smile.

I wanted to give him a picture of God, but he gave me the wisest answer of all. He defined faith in simple terms, reminding me of the power of understanding who God is. God is the Lord of the heavens, earth, sky, and trees. Those are grand, majestic pictures. God is also the Lord of the places where I live, where I spend my time, where I am most vulnerable, and the most at home. He is the Lord of bathtub water.

If God is Lord, He must be Lord of every part of me. He is Lord of the cosmos, world events, stunning vistas, and the stars beyond the stars. He is also Lord of my first cup of coffee, the way I look at myself in the mirror, what I watch on television, and the conversation I have with the clerk at the store. Big events. Small moments. He is Lord.

My Jesus Resolution today is to ask myself, “Who is God?” I want to think about His heart, see His character, imitate His nature, and look for His face in every part of my day. I want to surrender to the absolute truth that He is Lord – sovereign over each piece of my heart. I need to remember that there is no area of my life outside of His notice or desire or control. I want to walk through my day acknowledging that He is Lord of everything, especially bathtub water.


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20 05 2010
Sherry

Wow. This was exactly what I needed to read this morning. Thanks, Casandra!

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How you answer this question is incredibly important. Here faith is boiled down to its essential elements. CS Lewis said, “What you believe about God is the most important thing about you.” It will determine the depth of your surrender, the strength of your commitment, and the surety of your hope.

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