Lambert-St. Louis International
Airport was below us. As the plane came about in preparation for
landing, I looked down upon other familiar landmarks. There was
the mighty Mississippi River with its two extravagant gambling riverboats,
one on the Illinois side, the other on the Missouri. There were
the Edward Jones Dome and historic Busch Stadium where bigger-than-life
ballplayers amaze faithful throngs. And there was the unmistakable
Gateway Arch our nations tallest monument.
The Arch has been a part
of the citys skyline since it was completed in 1965. It stands
a staggering 630 feet tall at its apex, more than twice the height
of the Statue of Liberty.
Yet from my perspective
above it, the Arch looked small not much different from a
croquet wicket among toy buildings.
It is routine today to
look down upon landmarks of such stature. I have even looked down
upon the Himalayas, the planets highest mountain chain.
Think of Gods perspective.
Everything is small to Him. Everything, that is, except one of His
smallest creations man.
Each of us may feel small,
only one among billions, a miniscule percentage of the worlds
population. Our individual lives, our problems, our victories
all seem swallowed up by the vastness of humankind and the magnitude
of international problems.
The land of Israel looms
large in current events, as it has in history. Yet, the nation is
tiny about the size of Massachusetts. A French politician
recently lamented the problems he said were caused by that "little
country." This land and this people though small in
actual size are precisely so important because they are Gods.
Gods people everywhere
are the apple of His eye. Size is not important to God. To Him,
your soul is not a croquet wicket. It stands taller than the Midwests
towering Arch. Its value your value is immeasurable.
If you feel insignificant,
remember this: You are exceedingly important to the One who matters
most. God loves you and He cares.
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