Everyone has their covid school year story. This is mine.
I drop off the older girls at elementary school. I go home for 30 minutes. I drop off the youngest at preschool. I go home for 40 minutes. I pick up the older girls from elementary school. I go home for 40 minutes and cram as much homework into that period as possible. I pack lunches and books before piling them into the car to pick up the youngest from preschool. We use the car ride to do our reading work and fill bellies so the girls have a little time to play before the afternoon work begins. And we repeat this throughout the week, adding to it all the other responsibilities, chores, and events that fill our days before bedtime.
From a time management standpoint, I’m pretty pleased with our schedule. We make it happen. But the reality is that whichever time block my kids are in, I’m not with them because I am already focusing on and preparing for the next one. I am distracted, I am pushing them hard, and I am irritated when we fall behind. Sometimes I am proud, feeling like I can multitask with the best of them. Other times I am humbled, because one harsh slip of my tongue reveals just how poorly I can handle trying to be in so many places at once.
I can put on a good Super Mom show, but I am not invincible. In fact, about the only “all” I do well is being an omnivore. I can’t be all things to all people. I can’t be in all places at one time. I can’t do it all. Because as much as I desire to be transformed into the image of God, being God’s equal is impossible. I do not hold all things together.
God is Omnipresent
There is a big cultural push toward being in the moment. Slowing down, breathing deep, and smelling the roses, so to speak. It’s ironic if you think about it. We multitask all day long, rely on technology to help us accomplish even more work in less time, schedule ourselves to the max, and then pencil in time to be “grounded.” Time to be present. The reality is that no matter how hard we try to be everywhere, we cannot be.
But God is not bound by physical form. He is everywhere and He cannot be contained by any place (1 Kings 8:27). He is outside time, so he is not bound in the past, present, or future. He can be in all places at all times. And, evenmore, He is fully present in all places at all times. He doesn’t need a highlight reel to stay in touch with His people. He is simply and profoundly present. He is there when we feel Him, He is there when we don’t (Acts 17:27). There is nothing He does not witness with His own eyes (Jer 23:23–24).
What are we to do with this? Be vigilant. God knows if we are not the same person in private as we are in public. Yet He still stands ready to forgive us for every fault. Our response should be gratitude and love, a deep desire to please Him in all things.
God is Omniscient
It would be great fun to make a career out of going to school. At least, I think it would be. I enjoyed school and there is still so much that I would like to learn about. For this reason, I am glad to be living in the information age, where just about any topic can be explored whenever I choose to study it. But some things I don’t want to know, and there is plenty that I don’t want other people to know about me. We are masters at presenting an image of ourselves to others. That image usually includes all the best parts and none of the worst.
So the very idea that God knows it all can be unsettling. Every dark and dirty thought is exposed before Him (Hebrews 4:12–13). He cannot be tricked and He does not forget. He sees right through the false image we project of ourselves. It is both terrifying and wonderful. It’s terrifying because it exposes us, and exposure leaves us vulnerable and ashamed. It is wonderful because we are accepted by the God who knows it all and holds it all together and is characterized by unending benevolence (Eph 1:22).
Trying to know it all usually leads to problems. We suffer from “analysis paralysis.” We meddle. We learn things we wish we didn’t know. It changes our views of people and the way we treat them (1 Peter 4:15). There is such a thing as a healthy appetite for learning, and it’s important to understand what it is. Our desire for knowledge should push us to know the God who has revealed Himself to us, not to obsess over things too great for our limited understanding (Deut 29:29).
God is Omnipotent
I have a healthy fear of the ocean, or so I tell myself. The truth is that the ocean depths terrify me. Being caught out on the ocean in the midst of a storm is my worst nightmare. I have no desire to test myself against it because I know it leaves me powerless.
We give many things power over us. We celebrate and esteem beautiful people. We promote the charismatic and follow persuasive people. We give millions of dollars to those who have developed a physical ability that impresses. We desire wealth and to be friends with wealthy people, because with money comes privileges. We want power. Power over ourselves, and power over each other.
The truth is, in the end, we’re all powerless. The fierceness of creation can remind us of that but how often do we stop and realize that even creation is powerless against our Almighty God? He created it and He controls it (Matt 8:27). Yet Jesus, the One who possessed limitless power, chose to live with meekness and humility. He taught us that the most amazing display of God’s power is not in creation, but in our hearts. It is there, in our hearts, that He has transformed the most evil places into His own dwelling places.
God doesn’t merely have limitless power over the physical world. He has all power over the spiritual world. And He conquered the worst of it in the most unlikely way – the cruel and humiliating death of Jesus on the cross. And His resurrection!
Abundantly More – Knowing God and Making God Known.
“But will God really live on earth? Why, even the highest heavens cannot contain you. How much less this Temple I have built!” – 1 Kings 8:27 NLT
“And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.” – Philippians 4:8 NLT
“I am the Lord, the God of all the peoples of the world. Is anything too hard for me?” – Jeremiah 32:27
This series is inspired by Jen Wilkin. For a more detailed look at God being omnipresent, omniscient, and omnipotent, read chapters 7, 8, and 9 from None Like Him.