The BFG and the Gospel, Part 2: The Big Forgetful God?
This series shares the content of the Wildkids Day Camp I'm leading for 5th/6th graders at our church this week.
God is often understood to be...
- Ancient and Enormous (un-relatable)
- Otherworldly (not usually around)
- Undetectable (only in our dreams?)
- Frightening (man-eating?)
- Confusing (uses big, strange words)
The Bible contains many stories about faith overcoming fear, confusion and many other obstacles to knowing God.
Today we are asking, "Is God the Big Forgetful God?"
More frightening is to have God right here and wonder whose side God is on or when God will bring rescue.
The disciples in Mark 4:35-41 have Jesus asleep in the stern of their boat when the storm comes. While wind and waves beat and swamp the boat, they shake the incredibly deep sleeping Jesus. "Teacher, don't you care we are perishing?"
Jesus wakes up with all the crabbiness of a middle schooler woken too early on a Saturday morning: "Peace! Be still!" he shouts to the storm. "Why are you afraid and without faith?" he says to the stunned disciples.
The storm is stilled and the disciples are stirred. "Who is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?"
They begin to realize here and will come to understand on Easter morning: God will not forget us.
Then rang the bells more loud and deep
God is not dead, nor doth He sleep (Peace on Earth, peace on Earth)
The wrong shall fail, the right prevail
With peace on earth, good will to men
~From "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day"