“When I look at the night sky and see the work of your fingers— the moon and the stars you set in place—what are people that you should think about them, mere mortals that you should care for them?” (Psalm 8:3-4 NLT).
Growing up I disliked being the shortest kid in class. I never thought that feeling small could be a good thing. But last summer I discovered otherwise when my husband and I planned a vacation in California. Stopping at the Redwood National Park headquarters, we learned about trees that live to be 2000 years old and grow more than 360 feet tall, “giants” that tower five stories higher than the Statue of Liberty, and three redwoods that visitors can drive their car through. Interesting information, but it failed to prepare me for the sensation of standing next to one of the world’s tallest trees.
Stepping into the hushed, mist-filled forest, I peered upward until I almost toppled over backward. Next to the sheer height and girth of these trees, I seemed like an overgrown bug. And what was my life span compared with their two thousand years? I felt awed—and insignificant. Much like King David did centuries ago as he contemplated the splendors of nature.
The vastness of space or the beauty and magnificence found in nature can make us feel insignificant. That sense of smallness vanishes when we remember what a special place we have in God’s Creation. God didn’t just create us; he also came to earth to die for our sins so that we can be forgiven and live a life of purpose and meaning. Anything that makes us feel small can remind us how significant we are to our big God.
How does it make you feel to know that the Creator of the universe values you so highly that He died for you?
Dianne Neal Matthews is a freelance writer and the author of four daily devotional books including Designed for Devotion: A 365-Day Journey from Genesis to Revelation. She also writes for websites and blogs (such as CBN.com and FindingGodDaily.com), contributes to compilations (including Guideposts’ 2013 Mornings with Jesus), and teaches at writers’ conferences. Visit her at www.DianneNealMatthews.com.