Fire. Stars. And feeling Small.
Not long ago I had the rare privilege of sitting around a glowing fire with several of my siblings in Christ as we prayed for God to come impact our lives, the culture we live in, and prepare us for eternity. The moment wasn’t rare in that we had a campfire (normal occurrence for my friends and I!) or that we were sitting surrounded by trees and stars (Also normal! Who doesn’t love star-tipping?) or even that most of us had left to choose the wise choice and get some sleep. The moment was rare because for those minutes of prayer the clouds parted and the stars shown as they were, brilliant light in a darkened sky. For those moments we all felt small. I desire to feel small. I know I’m a very small person in the scope of things and it makes me feel even more the greatness of God when I feel my own inadequacy compared to His all-encompassing power. And more often than not I get so caught up in my schedule, my routine, my personal cravings that I forget except for God, truly I don’t matter. I forget I’m actually a very minuscule person on a tiny planet in the midst of not only a solar system, but a galaxy.
There have been moments when I realized my insignificance compared to God’s greatness. Standing 6000 feet up in the mountains of Yosemite National Park was one of them. Gazing on Niagra Falls gave me the same type of feeling. Climbing a volcano in Guatemala definitely showed me my smallness. Looking over the city of D.C. from the dome of the Capitol Building, running down the Sleeping Bear Dunes, bridge-jumping in Kentucky with my cousins…all of these random things I’ve experienced have given me a taste of my mortality and God’s power, love, and even grace.
And yet sometimes, probably most times, in our daily schedule we don’t have the opportunity to climb a mountain and gaze out over the forest below. I remember once sitting across from speaker EJ Swanson as he told me to see God in the small things. (For the record, EJ has started a phenomenal movement called I Won’t Watch, you can check it out in the link below!). At first I thought it was an excuse in case God didn’t show Himself, but now years later I’ve realized the wisdom in his words.
Seeing God in the small things is something that can be done everyday as we drive to work and see the countless types of people He has created. It can be done as we take a breath and realize the insane complication and bodily function it takes just to breathe…and we do it without thinking. And yes, God can be seen in the little things as some friends and I sit around a campfire talking to God and staring up at the stars He has created hundreds and thousands of years before.
Sometimes it’s good to go climb a mountain and experience God’s greatness.
Sometimes it’s good to take a moment and look up at the vast expanse of the sky.
Sometimes it’s good to notice.
“Men go abroad to wonder at the heights of mountains, at the huge waves of the sea, at the long courses of the rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motions of the stars, and they pass by themselves without wondering.”
Sometimes we don’t need to go abroad to realize God’s greatness but just sit back and notice the intricacies of all that is around us.
Sometimes it’s good to feel small.