Bella spent many days visiting the lake. No matter how often or what time she arrived, she would find God there. And no matter how many questions she asked, He always answered them patiently. Some answers were clear and easy to understand, others were a bit vaguer.
“Why did You tell me You were Pastor Toby when I first met You?”
“If I had told you I was God, what would you have done?”
She thought a moment, then laughed. “I’d have run as fast and as far as I could to get away from You.”
“That’s why. I meet people where they are. I reveal only what they are ready to hear.”
“What is this place? This church that seems bigger on the inside than it appears from the outside?”
“Kind of like spiritual life. From the outside, life with Me often seems small and contained when actually it’s very much the opposite.”
Bella nodded with understanding.
“And why does Your back yard look so different to me than it did to that lady who saw a forest?”
“Because each of you have a totally unique relationship with Me. What you see and experience is based on who you are and how I made you.”
“OK, I can get that. What I can’t understand is how this place can be two things at once. Or more likely thousands of things at once.”
“I’m not bound by your laws of physics. I’m beyond any law.”
“I’m big,” He said with a shrug. “Thousands is nothing to Me.”
“So if You’re that big, how can You take notice of something as small as me?”
“Because of all the things I’ve created, I love you the most.”
Bella smiled. Amazing, she thought, that this God could love her this much. Little did she know how much her God really did love her. That would be revealed to her at another time, when she was ready. For now, she was content to sit His presence, soaking up His love, and learning all she could each day.