Making it hard for people to know God has never made sense to me. The barriers we put between people and God seem so out of touch with His heart. God is much larger than the seeds of fear and exclusion we plant in the garden of our relationships. This is why the Father sent Jesus – The Way – to simplify our approach to Him. He knew we would clutter that approach with our preferences and misinterpreted tribal-like religious regulations.
Think about this for a moment. Our universe is estimated to be 156 billion lights years wide and it continues to expand in size. Light now reaching us has traveled from galaxies we are just discovering and that light has taken 13 billion years to reach us. God created these unexplored dimensions of space with just a word. Just a word! A God this immense and all-powerful would have to be very merciful in how he deals with humans who appear as nothing more than ant-like creatures crawling around on a small planet called Earth out in the middle of the nowhere of space.
The next time you want to judge another human being and create a merciless response to their brokenness look up into the night sky and ponder the unbelievable vastness of God. In that moment you will come to realize none of this works without God’s mercy. Those who are able to ponder these realities and not become fussy, uptight religious people will be the ones God uses to usher in His presence upon the earth. That possibility is worth pondering.