When first you know you are a tiny creature in a vast world.
For me, it was the ocean. I never don’t feel THAT way when I stand by the ocean. I am a tiny creature in a vast world.
Can you stand before the ocean and not wonder at the creation and Creator? The hugeness of the earth and the sky? The deafening sound of the waves. Their strength and danger. The miles before you. I am so small.
As I stood behind Noah last weekend on a mountain, watching him as he took in this incredible view, I prayed that my children would have that same breathtaking moment: I am so small. There is so much more to this life than me, me, me.
There is a good bit of advice given to us as of late, not to waste our lives. That we are important. That what we do is important. Find the value in yourself. Raise your self-esteem. And I believe those things. I believe it is important to press into each other that we can make a difference, that our lives are important, that our feelings matter. I do not in any way dismiss this. We are valuable and were bought at a high price. Remembering that is not wrong.
But, at the same time, we must be careful not to forget….this world wasn’t created FOR us. We were created FOR Him. There is a meshing up that needs to happen, of realizing we are important and what we feel matters and it’s not so much that we say something else matters more, that we must convince ourselves that we should be second or last, that we must try to make ourselves believe we don’t matter as much….but that we matter and what we feel matters BECAUSE something else matters more.
These things go together, they are not opposing as our minds in our flesh tell us they are. This is meant to match up:
We are meant to be important and our thought and feelings do matter…because we are part of the creation. God intended those things. Not that you fight yourself, but that you accept yourself. Not that you fret but that you trust. Not that you have angst but that you have peace. You are you for a purpose. That purpose is as simple as this: to glorify the Lord. As you recognize your value, recognize it in this sense: The reason you are valuable is because He made you so and you exist to reflect his value back to Him.
This weekend as you celebrate Easter, do what you can to get before a view…a meadow of flowers, a field of crops, a hill above a lake, an ocean, a mountain, an expanse of any kind. Think on your size. Your literal size. Think on how many of us there are- how very many thoughts and feelings matter. And ask yourself why doing this takes your breath away- or if you are like me, gives you new breath, one you can’t describe that is sweeter somehow as it passes through your mouth into your lungs. This new breath that fills your lungs and for the moment you feel fully alive from the tips of your fingers to your toes.
I am a tiny creature in a vast world.
And that makes me free. This world is not about me. My life is not about me. This is freedom, my friends. Embrace it.
It is as simple as this: glorify the Lord.