Thirty years ago, a photo was taken of earth that showed how tiny our planet is. Dubbed the “Pale Blue Dot”* many look at the image Voyager 1 gave us, and believe we’re insignificant.
However, when I look at this image, I don’t see a “Pale Blue Dot”* I see the strong, enormous, and loving hands of God. This image proves His majesty. More so, in my heart, it kindles the assurance of His love.
Yes, when compared to God, we are small. Yet as tiny as we are, He believes in us enough to love us, to protect our planet from the dangers of the universe, more so, to send His only Son to save us.
If we are not insignificant to God, how can we be insignificant to ourselves?
For I am the LORD, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you. Do not be afraid, O worm Jacob, O little Israel, for I myself will help you,” declares the LORD, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel. Isaiah 41:13-14 NIV
That’s a pretty amazing promise from our Creator. If all we were to him was an accident, why would He care enough to make such a promise?
Hebrews 6:18 tells us it is impossible for God to lie.
However, the Bible also warns us that the devil is the father of lies. (John 8:44) So when we believe we are unloved, when we believe that we don’t matter, we’re listening to the devil.
For so many people, this is very easy to do. Especially right now. The financial blow from the lockdowns has been detrimental. That combined with isolation could very easily send many into despair.
Don’t let it.
What seems hopeless today may become a miracle tomorrow.
I’ve seen God do it.
For example, my oldest daughter was diagnosed with Autism at the age of four. We were told to prepare for the possibility that she may never talk.
It was devastating news. It seemed hopeless, but I didn’t give up hope in my God.
I prayed, and I fasted. There were times it seemed like God would never answer.
Every morning, I asked her how she slept, and if she had any dreams. I knew she wouldn’t answer me. Sometimes, she didn’t even look at me. But it was an act of faith. I knew she would talk, I knew she would be healed. Not because of who I am, but because of who God is.
I’ll never forget her first sentence.
We were reading a look and find book, and she pointed at a mop in a bucket and asked, “What is that?”
I did my best to hide my tears when answering her, but that was the beginning of the miracle.
So many times I asked God to make it to where no one would know she was autistic, unless we told them. I asked that it would give Him glory.
Last year, her new Youth Leader at Church was shocked when I told her my daughter was severely autistic, and had a speech delay.
She gave glory to God.
Two years ago, my daughter was graduated from developmental pediatrics, and no longer needs therapy.
God answered my prayers. My daughter is healed. Not only can she can speak, but she just skipped a grade and is ahead academically, not behind!
Glory to God!
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified. What then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us? Romans 8:28-31 NIV
Don’t be against yourself.
Don’t do it.
Turn to God, ask, seek, knock, (Matthew 7:7) and plant that mustard seed of faith in your heart (Matthew 17:20) and stand firm in knowing that whatever mountain in your life needs to move, will.
For nothing is impossible with God. Luke 1:37 NIV
Including protecting a small blue planet from solar flares, asteroids, radiation, and countless other threats. That alone is a miracle, and so are YOU!
When the shadow of despair falls over you, don’t listen to its lies.
Don’t do it.
Again, what seems hopeless today may become a miracle tomorrow.
Covid-19 and all the damage it’s brought, isn’t our end. It’s only a season. A new and beautiful beginning is right around the bend.
Hold onto God. Trust God. Don’t let go of your faith. You are important. You are loved.
And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him. 1 John 4:16
The light of hope is coming.
Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the LORD. Psalm 31:24 NIV
*”Pale Blue Dot” was coined by astronomer and author Carl Sagan.
Photo was taken on February 14th, 1990, by Voyager 1 space probe, NASA.