The story is told that Augustine—a famous Christian from the 300s—was struggling with the concept of the Trinity. How can there be three persons—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—and yet one God? It doesn’t make sense! One day, as he walked along the beach by the Mediterranean Sea, he came across a boy who was digging a hole in the sand. Augustine asked the boy, “What are you doing?” The boy confidently said, “I’m going to take the ocean and put it in my hole.” Augustine chuckled. What a silly thought—trying to fit the ocean in a little hole!
But then Augustine realized he was doing the same thing with God. He was trying to fit the greatness of God inside his little head. Who’s bigger and wiser—God or us? God! “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts” (Isaiah 55:8-9). How true! Then to think that this God of the universe was willing to die for me and you… Wow! That’s a greater love than I can ever comprehend. God’s thoughts and ways are so much bigger and better than mine!