Made Significant

    By Jeremy Monday, April 27, 2009

    I'm really looking forward to a couple vacations I have in mind for this summer. Besides the obvious stress relief and joy of being with friends and family on a relaxing beach somewhere tropical, my favorite part of a vacation would probably be the actual flight out.

    Ever since I was a kid, I had always loved the idea of flight. Something about soaring in the air, high above the clouds had always excited me. I'd sit at a window-seat (if I managed to fight off my brother for it) and eagerly await lift-off. The most enticing part of it all is watching the objects on the ground beneath you shrinking as you climb into the sky, becoming smaller and smaller--almost toy-like. I'd chuckle at the idea of picking up an 18-wheeler with my fingers and placing it on the sands of a nearby water front. As our altitude increases, the 18-wheeler disappears. The significance of objects below decrease and you suddenly find yourself humbled by the world around you. The world that He created just by His Word... And that's just Earth.

    Imagine, if you will, that this airplane was capable of spatial flight and it continued to climb. Up and above the clouds, out of the atmosphere and into the "void" of space. Soon, you're at eye-level with the Moon and the Earth is dwarfed by the size of the Sun... but you continue to climb!

    With the help of the Hubble Telescope, we can actually see what it would look like if we ever were able to continue our whimsical journey. I stumbled across the image to the left online the other day and was immediately reminded of the following verses:

    Lift your eyes and look to the heavens:
    Who created all these?

    He who brings out the starry host one by one,

    and calls them each by name.
    Because of his great power and mighty strength,

    not one of them is missing.

    (Isaiah 40:26)

    He counts the number of the stars;
    He calls them all by name.
    (Psalm 147:4)
    Click on the image to the left and read from left to right, top to bottom.

    Looking at the grand scheme of things, it may seem that we are insignificant. That we really don't matter. It appears that the universe is utterly unaffected by our existence, or non-existence. And, actually, we are insignificant. We don't actually matter. But we are made significant through Christ.

    I am the vine, you are the branches.
    He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit;
    for without Me you can do nothing.
    (John 15:5)

    Without Him we are purely nothing, but with Him we are absolutely everything.

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