Our home address has:
a street number
and a zipcode.
This week, I learned about a few more lines in our address. I started watching the documentary "Cosmos-A Spacetime Odyssey" with my son on Netflix. The first episode took us on an imaginary ride to the most outer reaches of space we currently know of. Something about visually experiencing that really brought the universe to life. The host, Neil deGrasse Tyson, talked about our cosmic address, which begins with our planet. As we move farther out, the next lines are:
the solar system
Milky Way galaxy
and observable universe...for now.
After Neil recounted the billions upon trillions of stars, planets, and galaxies, and then talked about the speculation of our known universe being a tiny drop in a mulit-verse, an infinite continuation of worlds without end, he turns to the camera a says, "Feeling a little small?" Um...YES!
Sometimes, just this world alone makes me feel small. When I reflect on the realities of our universe, I start feeling insignificant. How does what I'm doing matter in the great vastness of it all?
The answer, I believe, is in one of my favorite quotes:
"This is the paradox of man: compared to God, man is nothing; yet we are everything to God."
-Dieter F. Uchdorf
When I think that I am a speck compared to all that exists, I feel like nothing. But when I think that maybe all that exists was created for me, for us, for a purpose, then I feel amazed, and of great worth.
My address may be incomprehensibly small, but what goes on in this house (on this little street, on this one little planet) matters.
Do you ever feel small?
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