Sometimes I neglect to marvel at the wonders of the cross.
The marvels of God’s deep, rich, indescribable love for me.
Seriously, stop what you are doing and reflect on that.
Reflect on his glory. Consider his majesty. Stop and consider this, written by Brennan Manning:
“The slant of the earth for example, tilted at an angle of 23 degrees, produces our seasons. Scientists tell us that if the earth had not been tilted exactly as it is, vapors from the oceans would move both north and south, piling up vast continents of ice. If the moon were only 50,000 miles away from earth rather than 250,000 the tides would be so enormous that all continents would be submerged in water- even mountains would be eroded. If the crust of the earth had been only 10 feet thicker, there would be no oxygen, and without it all animal life would die, had the oceans been only a few feet deeper, carbon dioxide and oxygen would have been absorbed and no vegetable life would exist. The earths weight has been estimated at six sextillion tons that a six with 21 zeros behind it. Yet it is perfectly balanced and turns on it’s axis. It rotates daily at the rate of more than a thousand miles per hour, or 25,000 miles each day… this adds up to 9 million miles each year. Considering the enormous weight of 6 sextillion tons rolling at the fantastic speed around this invisible axis, held in place by bands of gravitation, the words of Job 26:7 take on unparalleled signifigance: ‘He poised the world on nothingness'”
THINK ABOUT THAT! He created all of this for you… so that you could live! Every detail scientifically calculated, from subatomic physics to the quantum physics to the color of the sunset… He loves you so deeply and passionately that he created the scent of mountain air, the softness of an infants cheek, the beauty of the morning dew resting in the sun rise! Our lives are packed full of meaning!
The meaning of our lives is love! Love created us and love propels us through the universe at 9,000,000 miles a year on a tiny rock that only weighs 6,ooo,ooo,ooo,ooo,ooo,ooo,ooo tons.
Nothing motivates love like love. Nothing in all of creation has the impact of love. Why? Because love wasn’t created… it always was! It is the very nature of the ever lasting God, who was, and is, and is to come! Love is the one thing that sustains us all.
Take a minute and reflect on that. Love is the reason that you are abel to read this right now.
Do me a favor, stop and consider that, regardless of your spiritual beliefs, think of the significance of you, so insignificant in comparison to the universe, and yet you are being sustained by things that are perfectly calculated… consider for a moment that it’s not by chance, but rather it was created just for you, to sustain your life; that your perceived insignificance is the distortion of the truth of your actual significance to something that loves you so deeply that it gave up everything to see you breathe. That your breath was the most precious thing in all of creation. Consider the possibility of a being so great that it was actually able to breathe LIFE! That breath was life! Not metaphorically speaking, but literally life.
Consider that the being had been separated from the very thing that it loved so much that it created the perfect environment to sustain life. Imagine the heart break of that, imagine the heart break of having what you love more than anything turn it’s back from you. And then consider the joy of that being when a new way was made possible; that the rift in the relationship was not irreversible. Consider that the tiny rock you are on flying through space and time on was created for you to come back to the original love that breathed life into you. Maybe, just maybe, the creator of all of this, created it just for you… just for you to come to him. Maybe, just maybe, he is waiting on you to come to him, and maybe… just maybe he created all of this to sustain you, but possibly he created it so intricate to point you back to him, so that you could not forget the extravagance of his love for you.
The significance of your life is immeasurable. You are valuable beyond human comprehension. When you compare your worth with the intricacies of the universe and the fact that they are created to sustain you, you begin to see glimpses of your actual value to the creator.
I neglect this love constantly. The amount of time I spend reflecting on this, when compared to things that are worthless in my life is insane. I would rather check facebook than check myself reflecting the glory of this love… Why do I do this? Maybe I’m not reflecting that glory and maybe I want to avoid that thought. Maybe it’s easier to fill my life with insignificance than to allow that love to take control… maybe it’s safer.
But the beautiful thing about love is that it has no regard for safety! When I begin to reflect on that love, so extravagant, I begin to throw caution to the wind and want nothing more than to live a life reflecting that love to the world. I want to live my life alongside the one that created me and sustains me through greater means than I will ever be able to fathom.
Safety is an illusion that separates us from life. Comfort separates us from love.
Love is an adventure, full of danger… and life.
“To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact you must give it to no one, not even an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements. Lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket, safe, dark, motionless, airless, it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. To love is to be vulnerable.” – C.S. Lewis