“…Do not I fill heaven and earth? saith the LORD.” (Jeremiah 23:24 KJV)
If you are reading this blog and you have children or grandchildren in your life then I am reasonably sure you know what a Veggietale is (you may not want to admit it out loud – but you know.) But for those of you who have not been forced by a child to watch each of the one thousand episodes (exaggeration intended) over and over and over and over… again – Veggietales is a set of animated movies about all sorts of human-like vegetables (without hands and feet) that teach biblical stories and principals to children through their various escapades.
With that said, I would like to refer to one particular story from the Veggietales series (I apologize ahead of time for the title song from this episode that will stick in the mind of every adult that recognizes it and will play over and over and over and over… again for a week or longer) – “God Is Bigger Than the Boogie Man.”
In this episode, Junior broccoli goes to bed after watching a scary movie and starts sensing monsters are all around him in the darkness. This is when Bob the tomato and Larry the cucumber show up (I’m not making this up) to help Junior get over his fears by teaching him that God is with him and is bigger than any Boogie Man. The child broccoli is calmed by the promises in the song and is able to fall asleep peacefully (Oh to have a child’s faith.)
As adults, we don’t generally sing songs to help us go to sleep. And it’s not usually the fear of monsters in our closets that keep us from dozing off. It’s the worries of everyday life – troubles at work, with the kids, with finances, or our health. These are our Boogie Men.
Even though grown-up problems are more tangible and real, the fear of them is still overcome by understanding the same lesson Bob and Larry taught Junior – God is bigger than the problems. Whether we hear them from an animated vegetable or from a personal Bible study, the scriptures are the same:
“…the LORD is a great God… In his hand are the deep places of the earth… his hands formed the dry land.” (Psalm 95:3-5 KJV)
“Who hath measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, and meted out heaven with the span, and comprehended the dust of the earth in a measure, and weighed the mountains in scales, and the hills in a balance?... It is he that sitteth upon the circle of the earth, and the inhabitants thereof are as grasshoppers; that stretcheth out the heavens as a curtain, and spreadeth them out as a tent to dwell in:” (Isaiah 40:12, 22 KJV)
“But who is able to build him an house, seeing the heaven and heaven of heavens cannot contain him...” (2 Chronicles 2:6 KJV)
“Thus saith the LORD, The heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool…” (Isaiah 66:1 KJV)
So we see clearly that God is bigger than the Boogie Man – He is bigger than our troubles too. However, as big as the scriptures describe our Maker to be, our daily worries will always seem larger than Him until we truly understand what makes God so big – His character. As magnificent and immense our Creator is, His love, mercy and humility toward His creation makes Him appear even bigger.
Though He fills all heaven and earth and the heaven of heavens can’t contain Him, God loves mankind so much He is willing to make their hearts His dwelling place (1 John 4:12, 15 KJV.) Think of all of the trials and temptations that Jesus Christ endured and overcame in His life in the flesh. One of the biggest reasons He was able to overcome all was because “in him dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily” (Colossians 2:9 KJV) No earthly trouble was big enough to contend with the omnipotent power that dwelt inside Him.
We as believers must understand that the same power that our Lord and Savior had dwelling in Him – dwells in us. We don’t ever have to fear the Boogie Man. We don’t ever have to fear our earthly trials and temptations. “…because greater (bigger) is he that is in you, than he that is in the world” (1 John 4:4 KJV Italics added.)
We should all click the Link below and sing along with Junior Broccoli, Bob the Tomato, Larry the Cucumber and a variety of other animated vegetables, confirming our faith that God is bigger than… (fill in the blank.)
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