Standing on a rotating platform on the top of the 8th tallest building in the world is one way to get a new perspective.
During evening rush hour, you would see the city of Bangkok stretched out before you: countless skyscrapers divided by streets like lines with monopoly-sized cars bumper-to-bumper in traffic with the sun setting behind a cloud of pollution as the city lights flicker on, one by one. A million people are in motion, like ants in a giant concrete ant hill.
Then it dawns on you that you are part of it all… that you are one of them.
When we get a glimpse of the big picture, we realize that we are really small, in fact, much smaller and more insignificant than we would like to believe. We could spend our entire lives building an empire which could virtually crumble and fall apart in seconds.
If only we could see our lives in proper perspective from the vantage point of eternity, we would realize that our works could – and probably will – be destroyed in seconds. Do we really want to waste our limited time, energy, and efforts on earth to build something that looks so small, even to the human eye from atop a skyscraper?
Isn’t there a greater purpose for life than this?
Even with our limited human perspective, can’t we find something greater to do with the little amount of time and resources we have on this planet? Are we perhaps trying too hard to succeed through our own wisdom, strength, and talents? Do we look to the people around us for help and advice? Do we even realize that He has better plans for our lives than mere existence and survival like those ants in the ant hill?
“The Lord looketh from heaven; he beholdeth all the sons of men. From the place of his habitation he looketh upon all the inhabitants of the earth. He fashioneth their hearts alike; he considereth all their works. There is no king saved by the multitude of an host: a mighty man is not delivered by much strength. An horse is a vain thing for safety: neither shall he deliver any by his great strength. Behold, the eye of the Lord is upon them that fear him, upon them that hope in his mercy; To deliver their soul from death, and to keep them alive in famine. Our soul waiteth for the Lord: he is our help and our shield. For our heart shall rejoice in him, because we have trusted in his holy name. Let thy mercy, O Lord, be upon us, according as we hope in thee.” [Psalm 33:13-22 KJV]
We can have hope – eternal hope that will make our hearts rejoice if we trust in His Holy name. Know that we have help and a Shield that is so much greater than anything this life has to offer. We can rest in the promises of an everlasting future.
We may be small, but the Lord is looking at us with a great love all the way from heaven.
“Except the Lord build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the Lord keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain. It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows: for so he giveth his beloved sleep.” [Psalm 127:1-2 KJV]
Let us not think highly of ourselves or try to compare our accomplishments with those of others. If we truly realize how small we are and how great God is, our only option is humility. And there would be no better place to be than at the feet of Jesus to gain a right perspective of who and what we are.
“By humility and the fear of the Lord are riches, and honour, and life.” [Proverbs 22:4 KJV]
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