From One Grasshopper to Another

He sits enthroned above the circle of the earth, and its people are like grasshoppers. ~ Isaiah 40:22 (NIV)

“Wow! These seats are awfully high!” My mother exclaimed as we plopped down in Section 225, Row K, seats 11 & 12.

Although the escalator ride had been long and steep, it hadn’t really occurred to me just how high UP the upper level was going to be!

My palms began to sweat, and the lower half of my body weakened as I stared down into the floor seats, the stage, and the lower level in general. Honestly, I wasn’t sure I could force myself to stand back up when the time would come!

Even the TV screens were quite a bit lower. Our only surroundings that seemed even close to eye level were the rafters! And of course the other American Idol fans that had purchased tickets in the upper level of the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte last week!

We burst out in laughter at ourselves – me especially, since I was surprised at how affected I seemed to be over the heights! (Of course my husband has a story about me freaking out on the ladder of a deer stand last fall!)

Breathing more deeply and gazing at the scene below us, I remembered a verse I had recently read in Isaiah about God being in heaven and we being like grasshoppers!

Could this be a smidgen of what God saw? Of course, I hardly felt like God, but at that moment I began to reflect on just how BIG God is. I had no idea how many individuals were there in that place on that night – thousands for sure. Yet God loves every person. He knows every one of them by name and everything about each of their lives.

I thought about how God is so intricately involved in the lives of His grasshoppers – drawing the lost ones to Himself, loving each and every one in spite of our sinfulness.

Weaving the futures of each one of His children together for their good and His glory. Comforting them in their pain. Hearing their prayers. Providing their needs. Healing their hurts. He takes care of the tiniest of details in each person’s circumstances.

It’s just impossible to wrap one’s head around the greatness of God. One Who sees all and knows all, One Whose power and love we cannot comprehend.

God - HUGE.
Me - small.

I thought of the great multitude from every tribe and nation that will one day stand before the throne and worship Jesus! (Rev 7:9-12) And was reminded that He has got it all under control – now and forever.

Fully aware of His presence, my palms stopped sweating and my knees felt stronger. It was time to enjoy the show!

Lord, help me to remember and be comforted that You alone are God. You made the heavens and the earth and there is no one like You. There is no need for us to fear or worry. When I feel weak help me to remember that it is from You that I get my strength. I trust that even in uncertain times and circumstances, You have everything under control and are working it all out for my good and Your glory. Thank You, Jesus! I love you!

Have you ever been in a situation that was out of your comfort zone and felt God’s presence and control?

Are you fully aware of His presence in your daily routine? He wants to meet us there.

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More Scripture and Resources:

Take a few moments to read Isaiah 40, if not the whole chapter, focus on verses 21-31.

Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. ~ Isaiah 40:28

You may also enjoy the devotional Jesus Calling, by Sarah Young.

For His Glory,


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