God, the Sandman

“How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand; When I awake, I am still with You.”
Psalm 139: 17, 18

Many passages in the Bible are directed to specific people and incidents, but are applicable to all of us. This is one such passage.

Imagine a child playing in a sandbox. God’s thoughts of you are more numerous than all the sand in the box.    

Reflect of a broad sandy beach. God’s thoughts of you are more numerous than that.

The Psalmist’s imagery is even larger than that. He was in the vast Judean sandy desert. The point is God thinks of you— a lot, actually always.

What He thinks is like that expressed by Jeremiah, “My thoughts towards you are good, not evil.” (Jeremiah 29:11)

As a child it often scared me to think God sees, or knows, what I was doing. Wow! Then one day it dawned on my childish mind, that’s good. It means He knows when I am in danger, or need, or am downcast. Being a loving God He knows and cares.

As an initiation right into some youth groups there is a test for courage. A rope was suspended from a tall water tank. The initiate was blindfolded and instructed to take a hold on the rope to be pulled up to the tank. The person holding the rope was pulled up a few feet. A strange thing is a person blindfolded can’t tell the difference between going up or down. The process involved pulling the person up a few feet and then lowering them. The sensation was always the same, up. The person would hold on to the rope for dear life, but inevitably would become exhausted, turn loose of the rope and think they were falling a great distance only to find they were just a few feet from the ground which was right there all the time.

Our sensation at times may give us the feeling God is going to let us fall, and He has been there all the time, our sure foundation.

God is the supernatural multitasker. He can think of all of us all the time.

There is a song with this line: “He knew me, yet he loved me 
He whose glory makes the heavens shine So unworthy of such mercy 
Yet when he was on the cross I was on his mind. 
Yet when he was on the cross I was on his mind.”

God thinks of you all the time. How often do you think of Him? A person can’t go around thinking about God all the time, but we can think His thoughts about what we are considering. That is, think like you think He would think about whatever you are thinking.