When was the last time you felt small?
I was walking on the beach – while on a short break after a preaching conference overseas – and was stunned by the beauty of the sunset.
The brilliant collage of the orange hue of the setting sun – simultaneously illuminating the untouchable blue sky above and the golden sand underneath my feet – led me to spontaneous worship.
I felt small. Yet, it was a good smallness. A liberating smallness. A smallness that declares without hesitation that “God is God and we are not”.
I stood on that beach soaking in that glorious sunset with this repeated refrain, like a memorable lyric, in my mind: “I am so small, you are so big!”
Thoughts and words of worship competed to tumble out of my lips in adoration of my great God. Little wonder the psalmist could not contain himself when he wrote: “Praise the LORD, O my soul. O LORD my God, you are very great, you are clothed with splendour and majesty” (Psalm 104:1)
Basking in creation rightly leads us to the beauty of our Creator. Connecting with creation rightly elicits from us the awe of God – clearly seen and understood from what has been made – that sets us free from the awe of self (Romans 1:20-24).
Colossians 1:15-20 declares the supremacy of Jesus over creation as all things were created “by Him”, “for Him” and “through Him”! In short, it is God’s purpose to put all things under Christ as Lord.
That is why this I call this a “good smallness” because it puts the weighty problems of our world into God’s mighty hands. It is a good smallness that cast the burdens our hearts upon a majestic yet tender-hearted God.
It is this smallness before God and the Lord Jesus Christ that saves us from being overwhelmed by sorrow, drowned by pain, scarred by hurt, numbed by routine, seduced by pleasure or deluded by pride.
Here is a truism worth embracing: We don’t go on holidays to escape life temporarily but to embrace life fully.
When was the last time you took a break from the bigness of your self-determined life to experience the goodness of your smallness?
Try it. It may be the life-saving circuit breaker you need but think you cannot afford. Here’s another truism: That glorious sunset, that gorgeous mountain view or that invigorating greenery is closer than you think.
Go chase it. Go find it. Don’t shortchange yourself. Don’t live life through a screen on your photo or computer. Go embrace your smallness in the goodness and bigness of God in creation made “by, for and through” Christ. Amen.