My mind was recently blown to smitherines after seeing this Buzzfeed video of earth compared to other planets in our solar system and the stars and galaxies way out in the Universe. I can’t shake the strange sensations it has sparked in my thoughts and emotions. I am an infinitesimal speck of near nothingness in the vastness of the universe—Psalm 19:1 says, “God’s glory is on tour in the skies, God-craft on exhibit across the horizon”—and yet…

And yet, somehow, God is truly concerned for me, for my well being, for my soul, for my salvation. He is passionate about me knowing him. He won’t leave me out of the mix of his glorious narrative.

“He counts the stars and assigns each a name. Our Lord is great, with limitless strength; we’ll never comprehend what he knows and does.” And yet, “He heals the heartbroken and bandages their wounds.” – Psalm 147

Watch the video again. You feel it too: all the issues and struggles, all the successes and failures and wars and snowstorms and tragedies and glories are, well, nothing. And yet, if God thinks so highly of me—if he reaches across the expanse of the universe to a silent little planet called earth to stand at my side—that must mean he cares for humanity. Not just for me. For all of humanity.

For the trash pickers in Manila.
For the Yao girl who is awaiting to hear about God’s loving pursuit of her.
For the Chinese orphan boy who thinks he is all alone.

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The universe is massive, but unfortunately, I have myopia. I struggle to see the macro with my finite vision. I see micro-me. I see all my cares and concerns. I get frustrated when there’s too much traffic, when the next door neighbors are too loud, when the power goes out, when the coffee tastes burnt.

And yet, God is holding us—each one of us, every person on the planet—in his hands, comforting, caring, loving, displaying his mercy and glory for us to recognize him and know him and love him.

You see, God actually does care for the unreached peoples of the 10/40 Window. He cares for the unengaged tribes—those who have no Christian witness, who have fallen off the map of the evangelical Christian witness. He knows their names. He counts the hairs of the unreached. He reaches down to the plight of the people he created, and loves them. And what’s more amazing is that he calls us to join him.

You’ll be stuck in traffic again soon, and to your great dismay, the coffee will taste burnt again someday. Don’t stress it. Relax! It’s a moment barely visible in the scope of the universe.

Take a moment to pause and reflect. Consider what God is doing around you right now. Could it be that he might just sober your heart for a moment that you might sense the bigger picture of God’s glory? And if that’s the case, maybe he’s trying to get at your heart so that you might share his glorious salvation message with those who have yet to hear.

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David Joannes
Founder/President at Within Reach Global
David Joannes is the co-founder and president of Within Reach Global, Inc, which serves the advance of the Gospel in some of Southeast Asia’s most difficult places. He is the author of The Space Between Memories: Recollections from a 21st Century Missionary. David has a love for language, culture, and creative writing, and for the last 20 years, he has witnessed God’s Kingdom established in forgotten parts of the globe. David lives in Chiang Mai, Thailand, with his wife, Lorna, and their daughter, Cara.
  • Todd Fisher

    I saw that Buzzfed video a few weeks ago too! It really puts things in an unfathonable perspective…I am sometimes blinded and believe the world revolves around me, in truth we are specks of dust. Yet, somehow our insignificant lives somehow revolve around Him!

    • True Todd. I cannot get this video out of my head. It’s so strange how we know so little of our own universe, let alone God and ourselves. Thanks for the comment!

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