Expanding our image of God the Creator

Sister Barbara Ann Mayer | August 16, 2017

I used to have a very small concept of God. I knew he created the world and everything in it, but my world was pretty small.

When I did a little traveling and saw some of the beauties of various parts of the world, my view of God grew a bit larger. When I learned about the universe with the immensity of space with millions of galaxies, as well as the subatomic world full of myriads of strange particles such as quarks, my image of God grew enormously. Actually, it made me realize that God is so much more than my puny mind could comprehend.

I also used to think God created everything and then that was the end of his activity. Then I began to understand that his creation is ongoing, that if God would cease to think about anything he made for even a nanosecond it would cease to exist.

I wondered how this creator of the entire universe, covering the subatomic to the intergalactic, could care about each individual human being. How does God keep all this going and still know each one of us intimately? Of course, I was thinking from a human standpoint rather than God’s expansive all-comprehending being. For God, there is no time or space limit.

God sustains each atom, each molecule, each cell, each brain, each planet, each galaxy, moment by moment. According to Jesus’ story in the Gospel, God knows the number of hairs on each human’s head. He knows our thoughts, our desires, our dreams, our hopes, and our sorrows. He seeks a connection with each one of us individually and wants us to be united with God.

So each creature is sustained by God. Each being is totally dependent on God, not only for food and shelter but for every cell and molecule that makes us the unique persons that we are. The only comparison we have as humans is the complete dependency of a baby on its mother. Jesus tells us, “Your Father knows what you need before you ask,” (Mt 6:8). Like a mother of a young baby, God knows our need before we know it ourselves. And Isaiah 49:15-16 reminds us: “Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you.”

Even more amazing is the fact that God is present in each of us. That means each of us has a personal relationship with the creator. Therefore, we are all interconnected and related in this immense human family. When one is honored, we all share in the honor; when one suffers, we all feel the pain. “There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus, we are all one in Christ,”(Gal. 3:28).

As we stretch our minds to comprehend the vastness of the universe as well as the mysteries of the intricacies of the subatomic world, our image of God expands. When we study the scriptures, we realize how dependent we are on God and how he seeks intimacy with each one of us – Muslim, Jew, Hindu, Buddhist, and Christian. If God sustains every human being and is present in each person, then in God’s eye we are all brothers and sisters in one vast family.