These simple words often overwhelm us putting us in our place when surrounded by His creations. Have you ever walked out on a clear night and looked into sky to see the glittering stars and moon shining brightly, marveling at the greatness of the world’s magnificence? There’s a story about Teddy Roosevelt that William Beebe, the naturalist used to tell. After an evening of talk at Sagamore Hill, the home of the President, the two ventured outside to the lawn and searched the sky for a certain spot of star light near the lower left-hand corner of the Great Square of Pegasus. Roosevelt then recited: ”That is the Spiral Galaxy in Andromeda. It is as large as our Milky Way and one of a hundred million galaxies. It consists of one hundred billion suns, each larger than our sun.” Then President Roosevelt grinned and said, ”Now I think we are small enough! Let’s go the bed.”
In our ambition striving world of self-sufficiency and the desire for individual recognition we need to reset reality. Surrounded by the splendor of all creation we are put in our place for God is indeed great. There are manyÂ reasons why we need to respect our great creator and be in full adoration of Him but often in our awe we forget a crucial point. As we recognize God’s greatness, it is important to see our place in viewing God’s creation hierarchy. This places us in greater awe of our creator. Â For we are created in His image and because of this we should not discount how much He values us. Humans are beyond small compared to the greatness of God but it is also the greatness of God that assures the worth of all humankind.
When I look at the night sky and see the work of your fingers -Â the moon and the stars you set in place ”“ what are mere mortals that you should think about them, human beings that you should care for them? Psalms 8:3-4 (NLT)
It is in great reverence that we should find ourselves knowing that God, the ultimate supreme being, cares about us as insignificant humans. He places value on each of us as He sent His son to die in order that we may have life for eternity. Humans holdÂ great importance to God. It is amazing that God values us regardless of our mistakes. He gives us countless opportunities to make things right with Him. This is the grace of God and it is indeed an amazing grace.
Playing the Full Scale of Greatness
Unfortunately, we often do not appear to appreciate fully God’s amazing grace as we don’t give Him our all and play the full-scale He provides us. Rev. James W. Moore tells a story of a most famous composer whose rebellious son used to come in late at night after his mother and father went to bed. Before going to his own room, this ungrateful and often spiteful son would go to his father’s piano; slowly and loudly he would play a simple scale. He played all but the final note; playing, ”do, re-me-fa-so-la-ti”¦” and then refused to strike the final ”do.” Then he sauntered off to his room leaving the scale unfinished. His father, being the great musician he was, upon hearing the unfinished scale without the final note; turned, twisted, and writhed in his bed unable to relax his mind due to the unfinished scale. Finally, unable to stand it any longer, the father crawled out of bed, stumbled down the stairs, and struck the final note of the scale. It was only then he relaxed and found peace.
How often do we not play the full-scale with God? We play around with the notes of faith but avoid the entire scale. God gives us the whole song but sometimes we only partially return the notes. We kind of love others, almost forgive, serve when convenient, accept most of Christ, and outwardly appear to live a Christian life-style. Often we advocate commitment to God but find ourselves wavering in times of controversy. We respect His great music but often don’t play the full-scale. Yet through God’s great grace He continues to love us in our smallness and reach out to us.
In Our Smallness We Are Big
It is in our smallness that we reset our reality but it is through the grace of God that we recognize that God doesn’t want us to focus on our smallness. He does expect respect for His greatness but this also includes our importance to Him. God should be first in our life and with that status we see that all of His creation is full of value with humans placed just below the angels. Because of this we are to value each life, ours and others.
God wants us to play the whole scale. He wants us to give glory to Him and respect our own place of honor. God gives us the splendor of the whole beauty of the human experience.
Just like the blind man invited to the wedding of a friend.Â The manÂ sat next to the groom’s mother who guided him through the service. The picturesque village church decorated in full splendor was a sight to behold. As the couple left the chapel, the mother of the groom said to the blind man, ”What a pity that you can’t see the church as it is beautiful. And the garden outside is so pretty.” The blind man said nothing. She repeated this several times focusing only on what she could see. But the woman never mentioned the bells. For it was withÂ the bells that rang before and after the service in magnificentÂ tones and patterns that to the man created the atmosphere of joy and sacredness. He finally decided that the mother of the groom saw the lovely chapel but she missed the sound of the bells. She, with all her senses, experienced only part of the beauty that surrounded her.
Give Full Beauty to Who God is and Your Place within Him!
God gives each of us extended sight to His grace. He expects us to see Him in the full light.Â The creator wants us to experience the whole beauty of Him that surrounds us and play the full-scale of music that He provides us through our life and His son’s death. God is good and He is great. We are small but we are important to Him. Let us recognize His greatness while acknowledging that He values the smallness of all humankind. Let’s see together, as the human race, all the beauty of the earth and beyond.
Love in Christ,
I share Einstein’s affirmation that anyone who is not lost on the rapturous awe at the power and glory of the mind behind the universe ”is as good as a burnt out candle.”
Credits Wagner, K. (n.d.). Little Guy, Big Gift.
What are your thoughts? Join Us in Discussion
Do you find yourself in awe of God’s greatness and yet your importance to Him? Do you play the full-scale with God, honoring Him fully in all aspects of your life? Have you given great contemplation to the complete beauty of God and your place in Him?