I will never forget my first trip to the Willis Tower as a kid (back then it was the Sears Tower). I still remember the thrill of ascending all the way to the building’s Skydeck and looking down at the cars and people below. I can recall the surreal feeling I experienced as the building gently swayed with the wind. From this vantage point, 1,353 feet above the ground, everything below me appeared tiny like an ant.
The Willis Tower stands 1,730 feet tall; but as tall as it is, the building is dwarfed by the Burj Khalifa in the United Arab Emirates, which stands 2,722.57 feet tall. However, both of these colossal, manmade structures are dwarves in comparison with Mt. Everest, which stands 29,029 feet tall. As majestic as Mt. Everest is, it would take billions of Mt. Everests to fill the Earth. For all of Earth’s grandeur, it would take trillions of Earths to fill the Milky Way Galaxy. The Milky Way is but one among the millions of galaxies in our universe.
If God created the universe, comprised of millions of galaxies, each of which contains millions of stars, then how big must He be? We are at a loss when we attempt to measure Him. He is too high for our small minds to comprehend, too great for our deepest thoughts to express. The wonder of it all is the fact He still loves us, small, limited, weak, and sinful as we are. This should keep our heads from swelling.
Sometimes we all need a fresh dose of perspective. A string of successes or failures may easily skew our view of reality. Sudden financial gains or losses may also have this effect. To keep these things from controlling our attitudes, we need to gain the right perspective of who God is in relation to our circumstances. Of course, we find this perspective in His Word. As you read it, meditate on it and pray over the portion you are reading. This will show you the best way to relate to God and others each day — it’s simply a matter of perspective.
Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.