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Friday, August 16, 2013

Five Minute Friday: Small

Five Minute Friday

Today, I'm joining with some crazy, brave and inspiring women at the blog of Lisa Jo Baker. Each Friday she gives a prompt and with that prompt, writers write for 5 minutes with no second-guessing. Just writing what comes to them. Then, they share and encourage each other. What a great {and scary} idea. 

I'm joining in and challenging you to do the same! Today's prompt is "Small "

Ready? Go!

We scootched into the middle of a row and took a seat, a smile on each of our faces as we waited. The family and I were about to watch a presentation in a planetarium. Finally, the lights went out and we all reclined back in our chairs...and we watched. 

We watched and we were told about the earth and our solar system and our galaxy. We learned about stars, their different sizes and placements. I saw the size of the earth compared to other planets and stars and then the narrator on the presentation began to zoom out.

In a flash, we were far out in space and surrounded by stars, hanging out in our galaxy.

We zoomed out further, watching the marker pointing to Earth.

Again, we zoomed out...and out...and out....we couldn't even see where our planet was. This place? They told us it was as far out as scientists have been able to research but they know there's even more "space" beyond that. 

My heart panicked a little bit as I lost track of where the earth was. I felt like I couldn't find home. I felt incredibly small.

These words came to mind as I sat at the very edge of what scientists have found in searching for stars: 

Psalm 8:3-4 "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?"

Who am I? In this feeling small, almost invisible after the presentation I saw, I began to wonder in amazement at the very creation of the earth and of salvation's story.

In the grandness of it all, yes, earth is but a speck and I am"small", but I am SO loved. In all of space and its creation, God chose earth and He chose me {and you} to be here. This kingdom upside down, this smallness I feel is really the feeling of being greatly loved.  



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