If you know my family well, you know we skew a bit geeky. Star Trek, Star Wars, and, most recently, Doctor Who.
I realize I may have lost more than a few of you. I also realize none of these shows openly point to Jesus. I promise I’m not handing out TV recommendations. I’m just a crazy woman who loves to keep her eyes and ears forever open to the Lord over here hoping you’ll stick around. Because there’s something I’ve been praying that I would love to share with you, and you don’t have to be a sci-fi fan or watch any of these shows to get it.
I’ve been praying God will make me bigger on the inside – like the Tardis and King Solomon.
If you’ve ever watched Doctor Who, you know about the Tardis. It doesn’t look like much on the outside. Just an average, unimpressive, blue Police Box. But on the inside? This powerful time machine the Doctor travels in is massively bigger with room upon unexpected room.
And Solomon. He is a king who prayed for wisdom, and 1 Kings 4:29 says, “God gave wisdom to Solomon and very great discernment, as well as breadth of understanding, as the sand which is on the edge of the seashore.” (LEB)
That phrase “breadth of understanding” is literally “width of heart.”
Breadth of understanding. Width of heart. He was bigger on the inside!!
Solomon, with his finite mind and fragile human frame, held more wisdom, knowledge, and understanding of our infinite God than anyone else. Sadly, he didn’t always choose to live by that wisdom. But knowing what God granted him leads me to this …
I want to be bigger on the inside. I want to retain the things God shows me. I want to use what He teaches me well so He can keep revealing more. I want to know Him and experience Him at an ever-deepening level. I want to remember Scripture and the connections He helps me make. I want entire LIBRARIES in my soul, all about Him.
Not so I can spout off facts. Not to be puffed up pridefully. I want to live for Him. I want to have access to the wisdom I need to live each day well. I want to have hope I can grab hold of for myself and others. I want weapons ready at hand for fighting my real Enemy. I want His Holy Spirit empowering me, convicting me, encouraging me, teaching me, and reminding me of Truth. I want to live like I have the infinite Spirit of God in this finite body … because I do.
Psalm 119:34 in the Amplified version reads, “Give me understanding [a teachable heart and the ability to learn], that I may keep Your law; And observe it with all my heart.”
Yes, Lord. This is what I want. Width of heart. Breadth of understanding. Bigger on the inside. Every room filled with more and more of You.
“But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.” 2 Corinthians 4:7 (NIV)
“By wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established; by knowledge the rooms are filled with all precious and pleasant riches.” Proverbs 24:3-4 (ESV)
“The Lord God has given Me
The tongue of the learned,
That I should know how to speak
A word in season to him who is weary.
He awakens Me morning by morning,
He awakens My ear
To hear as the learned.
The Lord God has opened My ear;
And I was not rebellious,
Nor did I turn away.” Isaiah 50:4-5 (NKJV)
“For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom every family[a] in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” Ephesians 3:14-19 (NIV)
If this is what you want, too, I’m praying for you today, friend. I’m praying God will make us all bigger on the inside.