When my husband worked as a naturalist, he would demonstrate what the world looks like from above. He also highlighted the fact that we don’t often realize that we may be walking over an entire living community without even knowing it. He challenged them to block off a square of land and take a really close look at the tiny plot. The kids were flabbergasted to see the earth alive with life. Tiny insects could be seen. Each blade of grass, became a sanctuary for those microscopic beings.
Is this how God sees us? Are we just a tiny piece of the puzzle? We are so much more to Him. He holds each individual in the palm of His hand. His data storage is beyond human comprehension. He can tell immediately when we hurt – when our hearts are heavy with grief and loss – our minds are full of indecision and hopes for the future – when we are led into temptation. He knows in an instant when a personal prayer is lifted to Him. Not even a miniscule instant passes before He is already working on finding an answer.
I wrote this poem a couple years ago, to accompany my husband’s vision of creation in his painting:
What if Jesus were to come to earth again,
What would His thoughts be about the state of this world,
Would He accept what we’ve become,
Would He forgive what we’ve done,
Would He sentence all humanity to eternity in hell,
What if we were just like the animals?
What if our minds weren’t so full of thoughts, hopes, dreams,
What if we had become so full of hatred, violence and sin,
That God stopped loving us,
What if God never sent His Son to save us,
We’d be no different than the beasts of the field,
He will return to judge every one of his people living and dead,
Will you be among those who go to the right side of His throne,
The victory has already been won.
Our sins are forgiven because God loves us.
What if He didn’t?
Next time you’re in the garden or taking a short walk in nature – stop and take a look. God has provided for the smallest of His creatures. It may seem that we’re walking through the desert at times, with no one even noticing our isolation, but God is the well of living water within that wilderness. We can be assured that we aren’t just a speck in the desert. We are His children and He is our loving Father.