Have you ever stopped to think about how small you really are? Like, really stopped to think about how small you are in comparison to everything else? Start by picturing your body. Then your home. Then your city. Then your entire country.
Now picture you, on a pinpoint on the globe. Then think of all the other planets. Next, our galaxy. Compare your entire personal being, to the immensely large galaxy.
We are a tiny little aspect in comparison to the vast complexity and overall size of our surroundings.
I found the above photo on my computer, which was taken on top of Mauna Kea in Hawaii last Autumn. At first, I thought, “Well that’s a pretty sweet picture!” I started to compare it to how God placed all of the stars in the sky, and knows each and every one of them by name. Looking back at it, I now have a little more insight into what this photo also represents. Following my finding, I thought that this photo would be a great representation of how small we actually are.
Think about this: we are a species that will talk about how great we are, what we have accomplished, and how ‘awesome’ it is what we are capable of. It’s thoughts like these that begin to eliminate the aspect of how truly great God is. These thoughts act as a deterrence against being willing to step off of your ‘high horse’ and in turn give the glory to God.
From a Christian’s perspective, we have come to a point where we have acknowledged what God has done by sacrificing His only Son for our salvation and benefit. But have you ever really pondered what that meant, and what He truly did?
Go back to your initial thoughts of how small you really are, then compare it to the photo. Have you ever thought about how God, in His infinite wisdom, decided that we as humans – and how infinitely small we are – decided that we were worthy of such a sacrifice? God could have easily created another species and started over completely from scratch. He could have said, “Nah, I don’t like them. I think I’ll completely remove Earth from existence, and not worry about them any longer.”
Why would He decide that we are worth the struggle? Why are we worth such a high price?
The answer is love.
I’m not talking about some generic, romantic-movie kind of love either. I’m talking about pure, genuine, true love. We were created in God’s image.
God was willing to sacrifice Himself, in order that we could live with Him. He’s the redemption we have, the light at the end of the tunnel, the hope for a new life.
When I look at this photo, I don’t just see a really cool star cluster in the sky. I don’t just see the Milky Way. I don’t just think “wow, God really made a lot.”
I think about how small we really are, yet how much God was willing to sacrifice just to have us with Him. We are His portion. He is our prize.
The next time something gets you down, distracted, or bothered, just remember how small you really are in the Universe. Think about how your situation will come to pass. About how it’s such a tremendously small hiccough in relation to everything else.
God certainly didn’t, and still doesn’t, need us. He wants us. He is chasing after us in a way that is not found anywhere else, and all we have to do is turn to Him. All you have to be willing to do is turn from the thought of “I can do this on my own” to “I need Him to help me through this.” He’s already paid the price. He’s just waiting for you to receive it.
I hope this post gives you some ‘food for thought’ on this wonderful Friday.