I’m typically a methodical kind of guy. Give me a procedure on how things should work, when they’ll work and in what order they’ll work, and I’m perfectly content with it. I like theology because it gives me all these truth statements about God: God is just, holy, and loving. God is this. God is that. God is not this. God is not that. See? Very straight forward. And here’s the thing, I’m comfortable in that. I’ll move quickly through my days continuing to follow ritual, continuing to check off a list of do’s and do not’s without thinking about it. However, because I have a wonderful God who loves me, He’s always ready to tap me on the shoulder and say “Hey, slow down,” and that’s when it hits me.
Have you ever thought about how tiny we are? I know, I know you’re just a little shorter than average for your age (whatever you have to tell yourself), but that’s not what I mean. Have you thought about your size in relationship with your city? your country? earth? How about knowing that the distance from earth to the sun is 150 million kilometers. The United States, from the east coast to the west coast, is 4,827 km. To reach the sun, you would have to travel the distance of the United States 31, 076 times. Wow. Now, knowing that number doesn’t even begin to include the entire length of our solar system, our galaxy, or the 150 billion galaxies estimated to exist, how big do you feel right now? See? Now that growth spurt you had last year doesn’t seem so important.
Have you ever thought about the intricacies of human life? You can wake up in the morning and move around. You can breathe in air, filter out the oxygen, and then breathe out carbon dioxide. You can consume food and turn it into energy. You can be equally creative and equally logical. You can take in reflected light, interpret a picture, pull out memories, feel emotion and respond verbally almost simultaneously.
And you know who’s responsible for this?
1 The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
2 Day after day they pour forth speech;
night after night they reveal knowledge.
3 They have no speech, they use no words;
no sound is heard from them.
4 Yet their voice goes out into all the earth,
their words to the ends of the world.
In the heavens God has pitched a tent for the sun.
My friend, and classmate, recently published an article speaking about God’s creation as what it truly is, a beautiful piece of art. How many of us get in our daily routine and get lost in it? Are we constantly reminding ourselves of what God has done or are we so focused on our own lacking? Do we take the time to pause and rest in the glory of God?
God’s not satisfied with our reading the Word of God to know the Word of God. God doesn’t ask for mindless obedience in place of love. (Matthew 7:21-23) God wants us to read the Word of God to know the God of the Word. Doing this means taking a moment to step back and just stand in awe of all that He has created and all that He has done. He wants us to be drawn to worship, drawn to prayer, by taking the time to just appreciate all that he has done for us. And on that note, I leave you with this short clip declaring the glory of God.
Title image credit to Denise Grice.