When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars, which you have set in place,
what is man that you are mindful of him,
and the son of man that you care for him?
Certain passages of Scripture come alive in certain places or with certain views in mind. It’s hard to get the majesty of Psalm 8 into our souls if we’re reading the Scriptures in a study carrel in the basement of a college library. And it’s impossible if we’ve never been floored by the grandeur of nature.
Our planet is designed to provoke wonder and awe in our souls. The simply beauty of a sunrise, the mesmerizing effect of gentle waves, the soaring heights of mountain ranges and the beauty of a cloudless starry night in the country. It’s designed to shout a message – be amazed! And then be dazzled that all of it is the work of God’s fingers – He didn’t even break a sweat in putting all of this together. He’s just that big. Really, unthinkably big. We can’t get our minds around the vastness of the universe yet alone the One who created it.
All of which makes me feel unimaginably small and fragile in the world. So often I think the world revolves around me when in reality, I’m a minute part of what’s playing out in the world around me. My life is small, delicate and so finite.
But so significant.
Because God is mindful of us. Because God cares about us.
The One who carved the canyons cares that you’re tired. The One who forged rivers knows that you’re scared and longs to breathe courage into your soul. The Alpha and Omega knows about your haunting fear of being alone and promises that He’ll always be there for you.
Don’t be afraid of feeling small and overwhelmed. Those are the places where we are most likely to meet the One who is massive and all powerful. He comes not to mock our pain but to heal our wounds. He comes not to gloat but to love. He comes not to condemn but to free.
God knows. God cares.
That’s more than enough grace to make it through today.