But Moses protested, “If I go to the people of Israel and tell them, ‘The God of your ancestors has sent me to you,’ they won’t believe me. They will ask, ‘Which god are you talking about? What is his name?’ Then what should I tell them?”
God replied, “I AM THE ONE WHO ALWAYS IS. Just tell them, ‘I AM has sent me to you.'” God also said, “Tell them, ‘The LORD, the God of your ancestors- the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob- has sent me to you.’ This will be my name forever; it has always been my name, and it will be used throughout all generations.” Exodus 3:13-15
Second only to the magnificent and unthinkable thought that God has always been (pause to try to think about that), is the amazing and mindbending thought that He has always had a name. Did He give Himself a name? No, that would mean there was a time when He did not have a name, and as we can see from the verses above, His name is ‘the God who always is’ so His name says it all. Just pausing in my busy day to try to think about that is like a fresh breath of air. He is so holy. He is so ‘other’. He cannot be described fully with my vocabulary. Here is a great song that I think of when I think of His eternal-ness.
I am reading a book right now, 10 Ways To Destroy The Imagination of Your Child, by Anthony Esolen. This book is full of tongue in cheek humor and reverse psychology, of course, and this last passage I read talked about never letting your child lie in the grass and look up at the sky. I still do that sometimes, and it is truly a scary experience that makes me feel small and realize the vastness of so many other things God created.
Friday we read about sharks. I wanted a visual (I always do) for just how big these animals are, and so we got some painter’s tape and ran strips down the hallway that would be demonstrative of the length of an assortment of sharks. Dogfish shark, a mere 8 inches. Great White, 20 feet. But the one to stretch the tape and the mind is the Whale shark, a whopping 50 feet of fin and teeth, meaning he would not even fit in our narrow hallway, if we wanted to bring him home for a visit. I still am looking at these tape lines and cannot fathom an animal that big. Let alone whales or the giant squid ‘Kraken’, whose tentacles are said to be 40 feet long and is suspicioned to have capsized many ships in his heyday. Yikes.The cute part about the tape, though, was that no sooner was it laid down on the floor, but the boys decided to fashion them into roads for their cars, with more tape to join them and dotted, dividing lines. Later it became runways for their starships, made out of duplos. At first I found it irksome that they could not even stay with the shark theme for more than five minutes, but since I am reading this book I noticed how wonderful it is that they can look at a thing and almost instantly have multiple ideas for play.
And maybe it is a case of not being able to wrap their minds around God’s gigantic creations for too long, and drifting back to what they can comprehend. I’m that way, too. After I give Your name some thought, and what it says about You, I am ready to do something else, too. But, like the psalmist, I’ll be back.
When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers,
The moon and the stars, which You have ordained;
What is man that You take thought of him,
And the son of man that You care for him?