In Prince Caspian, part of C.S. Lewis's Narnia Chronicles there is an excerpt that I want to share with you.
A circle of grass, smooth as a lawn, met her eyes, with dark trees dancing all round it. And then-oh joy! For he was there: a huge Lion, shining white in the moonlight, with his huge black shadow underneath him.
But for the movement of his tail he might have been a stone lion, but Lucy never thought of that. She never stopped to think whether he was a friendly lion or not. She rushed to him. She felt her heart would burst if she lost a moment. And the next thing she knew was that she was kissing him and putting her arms as far round his neck as she could and burying her face in the beautiful rich silkiness of his mane.
"Aslan, Aslan. Dear Aslan," sobbed Lucy. "At last."
The great beast rolled over on his side so that Lucy fell, half sitting and half lying between his front paws. He bent forward and touched her nose with his tongue. His warm breath came all round her. She gazed up into the large wise face.
"Welcome, child." he said.
"Aslan," said Lucy, "you're bigger."
"That is because you are older, little one," answered he.
"Not because you are?"
"I am not. But every year you grow, you will find me bigger."
It's interesting that as we grow and discover who God is we will find Him bigger. In the book I am reading (The Rest of God by Mark Buchanan) it says that this passage from Prince Caspian is the perfect description of those who train themselves in God's sovereignty: every year you grow, you find him bigger.
The best way to embody and focus on training ourselves in God's sovereignty is thankfulness. When we choose to move in thankfulness we find that our troubles seem so much smaller and insignificant because we find that we can focus completely on God.
When we put our eyes entirely on the God who holds the universe in His hands then there is no other problem that can seem too big. The book also says, we must practice through thankfulness the presence of God until we are utterly convinced of His goodness and sovereignty and then we can find our rest in Him alone.
I truly believe that if we focus entirely on Him with thankfulness BEFORE we go to Him and say "hey there is this issue I need you to resolve for me", then we'll realise it wasn't as big an issue as we thought.
Written for Set Apart with a Purpose