Mount Rainer in southwestern Washington, has a topographical prominence of 13,288 feet. In simple terms, this means that from its base to its highest point Mount Rainier rises to 13,288 above the lands to its north, south, and west – and 14,410 feet above the level of the Pacific Ocean. Because it has such a towering profile Mount Rainier is visible to all of Seattle, Tacoma, Bellevue, Joint Base Lewis McChord, and Olympia. On clear days it can even be viewed from as far away as Portland, Oregon and Victoria, British Columbia.
This means that just about everyone in southwestern Washington can live with a view of this mountain. And just about everywhere I drive throughout this area, Mount Rainier pops up again and again. Mount Rainier is simply so big that people do not have to fight over a view of its majesty. There’s enough of this mountain to give everyone a view.
Sometimes I forget that the same is true of God. God is big enough for all of humanity to get more of Him than they could possibly handle.
When God blesses someone else more it doesn’t mean He will bless me less. I don’t need to be jealous for God’s attention. I couldn’t handle God’s undivided attention. It would be too much for me. I’d be overwhelmed if God focused on me and no one else.
There is a story in the Gospels that illustrates this truth. Mark 5:21-43 tells of a desperately concerned father whose twelve-year-old daughter was deathly sick. He came to Jesus and pleaded, “My daughter is at the point of death; please come and lay Your hands on her so she will get well and live!” Off Jesus marched with that worried father.
But crowds of people also followed Jesus. Among them was a woman who had suffered for twelve years with a sickness. She reached out and touched Jesus’ garment. Instantly, Jesus felt power flow forth from Him and heal the woman. But instead of moving on to help the concerned father, Jesus stops, turns around and takes time to speak with the woman.
During all this I can just imagine what thoughts filled this poor father’s mind. “Jesus, let’s get going! You’re wasting precious time. Don’t You understand that my daughter is at the point of death? Why do you delay? Hurry!”
And sure enough, while Jesus is still taking time to help others, servants come from the father’s house to tell him, “Don’t bother the master any longer. Your daughter has died!”
If this father was like any of us, he probably said to himself: “What I feared has come upon me. Jesus, why did you stop to help others in such an emergency? Now my little girl is dead. You helped this woman at the expense of my little girl’s life!”
But Jesus corrects this false notion – that God blesses others at the expense of not blessing me. “Do not be afraid any longer – only believe,” Jesus tells the father. Jesus then proceeds to the little girl’s home and raises her to life and presents her safe and sound to her parents.
Yes, just as Washingtonians don’t have fight over a limited number of views of Mount Rainier, so there is more than enough of God to flood everyone’s life with His immeasurable blessings. “Do not be afraid any longer, only believe” (Mark 5:36).
PRAYER: Almighty and merciful Father, I hunger and thirst for Your presence and blessing in my life. You are more than enough to heal and bless all of humanity. Please satisfy this yearning in my soul and ever draw me closer to You. Amen.