The Downside of Everyday Access to God

To say that I put Ann Voskamp on a pedestal is putting it lightly.

Her words are balm to a battered soul and the poetic words found in One Thousand Gifts drastically altered how I view the good & the bad in my life.

So journey with me into my pretend world of make believe where I am spending tomorrow with author extraordinaire, Ann Voskamp. (Just keep reading – I promise I do have a point!)


The night prior to my big day with Ann I can barely fall asleep, filled with excitement and elation at what the morrow holds. I’ve spent all day planning my wardrobe – most important, the boots I should wear because I’ve heard Ann loves boots (can you tell I obsess about her just a little?).

Bright and early the alarm rings and I feel the same as my five year old daughter on Christmas morn. The best gift ever is just around the corner and I’m on pins and needles as I wait for her to show up.

What will we talk about? Will we have anything in common? Will she be all that I imagine her to be?

Most of all I am filled with awe and wonder when I think about meeting her.

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Do I approach God’s throne with that same awe and wonder?

Has this personal relationship with Christ led me to humanize the Lord to where He is equal to common man? Is He simply my life coach and I expect Him to answer my every whim with a YES and then grumble incessantly when prayers aren’t answered the way I desire?

Do I begin the day with songs of praise and worship the grandeur that is His alone? Or do my prayers sound more like “God, if you could just…”.

Having constant {every.single.second of the day} access allows us to dumb down God and make Him far too common to humanity. As a result, I, base my perceptions of God on what He’s doing this personal moment for me instead of perceiving Him with awe & wonder that only the God of the universe is worthy of.

Whether it is a favorite musician, a famous actress, or an incredibly talented and creative chef, we put people on pedestals, viewing them through rose covered glasses. We do this so frequently, yet, we never realize how guilty we are of rarely {if ever} doing that with our God, the one who created the farthermost reaches of the cosmos down to the tiniest of microorganisms.

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God deserves our highest praise. He created a beautiful natural world when He could have chosen to make everything ugly. He condescends himself every day to have a relationship with man; knowing we can never bridge the gap and ascend out of our own efforts.

He comforts, He heals, He restores.

He is God. We are man. And He loves us.

What more reason do you need?

Praise God in his sanctuary; 
praise him in his mighty heavens!

Praise him for his mighty deeds;
praise him according to his excellent greatness!

Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.



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  1. Have you ever heard a choir of frogs praise the Lord? The sound is simply amazing…let everything that has breath praise the Lord?

    • Yes, Sue – the sound of frogs chirping is beautiful and I had never thought of that as their way of praising the Lord. I LOVE the illustration. Especially since we used to have a pond behind our house and I have vivid audio memories of the beautiful music filling the night air.

  2. You have answered a question for me that I have had trouble understanding. I think you hit it with the constancy of access to Him. I really want to give God more praise and awe. Do you have any suggestions?

    • I’m glad the post resonated with you Kerri! For practical ways to give Him more awe & reverence: begin your prayer time each day with a Psalm that speaks to how majestic God is – whether that is writing it down in a prayer journal or reading it aloud – it glorifies Him and sets your mind to honoring Him. Another great way is meditating on the words “Our Father in Heaven, Hallowed be thy name” – I love the word hallowed, it means sacred, holy, blessed – and I think meditating on God’s name {whether that be Father/Creator, Christ, or Holy Spirit} and realizing just how HOLY He is can be awe inspiring. How amazing is it that the creator of the universe, of the whole heavenly realm has anything to do with us mere specks of dust?
      Another idea is to memorize psalms. And lastly, keep a gratitude journal and write daily ways that you see God’s beauty and grandeur around you.

  3. I keep coming back to this post…thank you…