Monday, September 14, 2009
The Need to Feel Small Part 1
Have you ever had the experience of laying out under the stars, or gazing over a breath-taking view of mountains, or standing on the shores of the ocean watching wave after wave pounding into the beech? Moments like these have a way of bringing forth sense of awe, of holiness, a sense that we are so small in this massive universe, a sense that we are a part of something much bigger than ourselves. We desperately need times like these because so many things in our world are vying for our attention and pushing us to an inflated and false sense of self-importance. When life becomes nothing more than working tirelessly for financial security, for power, for prestige and possessions we need moments of beholding the beauty of God’s creation to rescue us from too large a view of ourselves. We need this sense of perspective not merely in a sense of our physical place in the universe but even when it concerns our aspirations, the things we pour our lives into, and the way we spend our money and time. Nature itself testifies that there is something much more grand that we are a part of and letting ourselves feel weight of this once and a while is absolutely crucial.