“My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are my ways your ways,” declares the LORD. “As the heavens are higher that the earth so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts” (Isaiah 55v8-9 NIV). Astronomers have spied galaxies 12.3 billion light-years from earth. To put that distance into perspective, consider the fact that light traveling 186,000 miles per second takes only eight minutes to travel the 93 million miles between the sun and planet earth. Sunlight is only eight minutes old. But the light from the furthest galaxy takes 12.3 billion years to get here. That distance is virtually incomprehensible! And God says that is about the distance between His thoughts and our thoughts. Your best thoughts about God on your best day falls 12.3 billion light-years short of how good God really is. We underestimate God’s goodness by at least 12.3 billion light-years. (…) Maybe it’s time to stop putting God in a box the size of your cerebral cortex. Maybe it’s time to stop creating God in your image and let Him create you in His.

Mark Batterson

Mark Batterson, 2006, In A Pit With A Lion On A Snowy Day, Colorado: Multnomah Books, p.28-29