“You are so special that God took time out from the running of the universe to be with us at this wedding today.”
Those were the words of an opening prayer at a wedding I attended this weekend. Immediately my spirit inside was wrankled and squirming with this statement made to a church full of people. The bride and groom are indeed special people. Doggone sweet to be truthful! And this statement had nothing to do with them. But the person giving the prayer spoke something that just didn’t set right with me.
Later, when I arrived home, my son said, “Did you hear what that guy who did their opening prayer said?” I knew immediately what he was talking about and was actually grateful he had noticed the fallacy of that statement. But what he said after really struck me. “According to that statement, if God had to take time out from running the universe to be at that wedding, how selfish are we! Some poor kid in some third world country wasn’t healed so God could come to a wedding.”
What a concept some people have of God. How limiting is our belief in His omnipotence and power? I do think there are moments we might feel forsaken. There are moments we feel thoroughly alone. But it’s not because God took time off to do something else!!
We’ve been told for years that some people can do it all! How crazy to think we humans can do it all, but God can’t? He has to take time off from something in order to do something else?
Well I’m so glad to tell you otherwise! That’s not true! MY GOD CAN DO IT ALL! One of my favorite set of verses tells of his magnificent power. From the version called The Message: Hebrews 1-3 Going through a long line of prophets, God has been addressing our ancestors in different ways for centuries. Recently he spoke to us directly through his Son. By his Son, God created the world in the beginning, and it will all belong to the Son at the end. This Son perfectly mirrors God, and is stamped with God’s nature. He holds everything together by what he says—powerful words! Yep, my God does it all. From the beginning of creation to now and to eternity, He holds everything together by the power of His word. He never stopped, He never stops. To the end!
And if ever for a moment you wonder, where’s my God now? Well…He’s not busy doing something else. He’s upholding everything, my everything, your everything, the universe’s everything, and He never stops. Not even for the wedding of a very special couple!