Inspired by Psalm 8
“When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars that you have established; what are human beings that you are mindful of them, mortals that you care for them? Yet you have made them a little lower than God, and crowned them with glory and honor. You have given them dominion over the works of your hands; you have put all things under their feet.” Psalm 8:3-6 (NRSV)
It’s easy to feel insignificant in the midst of the natural world. The vastness of space reduces us to tiny specks on a tiny planet, one among millions. The seas can swallow our vessels at will; the mountains often conquer our efforts to traverse them. We are no match for the strength or speed of many animals, and a storm can flatten our cities and towns in moments. The Lord God created all of it, and we may wonder why he bothered with us.
Yet he did bother with us, and despite our smallness and comparative weaknesses, we have something that no other aspect of creation has: we were created in God’s own image.
God entrusted his land and his seas and his creatures and his universe into our care, and he sent his Son to live as one of us, to be one of us, to further strengthen the bond between humanity and the Creator of all things. This God did out of his own gracious will, according to his own choice and desires, and not based on our own inherent importance in the world or ability to subdue the elements. Our importance is based on God’s love, and our (albeit limited) ability to subdue the elements is due to the authority he has given us.
In God’s eyes, no individual is insignificant. No individual is unimportant or expendable. God looked at you in all your smallness and all your weakness and all your limitations, and crowned you with glory and honor. God has lifted you up with his grace, and has given you a place in his creation, and an inheritance with his Son.
Let us pray. Sovereign God, all things are yours, and you have entrusted what is yours into our care. Grant us wisdom and humility, that we may be capable stewards of your creation. Through Christ our Lord, Amen.