If you Google “insignificant AND grand AND canyon”, you come up with 384,000 results. No one says that the Grand Canyon is insignificant, but almost everyone says they feel insignificant at the Grand Canyon. If you haven’t seen it for yourself, make an effort to do so. It is astounding. It really does make you feel insignificant. It’s huge, and we are tiny.
But when you zoom out a little, it actually isn’t that big. Here’s a picture called “The Pale Blue Dot”.
There’s Earth 3.7 billion miles away. And that’s still from within our own solar system.
Can you spot our solar system in this picture of the Milky Way Galaxy? Hint: it’s not in the middle. Size-wise, we are remarkably insignificant.
What’s amazing is that the God who created the Grand Canyon–and the entire universe–doesn’t count us as insignificant. There’s a deistic god imagined by some who just created everything and now sits back and watches, like a casual observer. God isn’t anything like that. In Psalm 139, the psalmist says,
For you formed my inward parts;
you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Wonderful are your works;
my soul knows it very well.
My frame was not hidden from you,
when I was being made in secret,
intricately woven in the depths of the earth.
Your eyes saw my unformed substance;
in your book were written, every one of them,
the days that were formed for me,
when as yet there was none of them.
(Psalm 139:13-16 ESV)
In the eyes of man, we are at our most insignificant when we’re in the womb. The smaller we are in the womb, the more insignificant we are–again this is from a human point-of-view. In fact, as long as the baby isn’t formed enough, people are even okay killing it. And yet look at what the psalmist says above. Look how God has counted the “insignificant” significant. And look how He cares so much that He involves Himself in every single day of the psalmist’s life.
What’s even more amazing is that this little “insignificant” fetus becomes a significantly sinful man. Imagine this sinful man shaking his fist at the sky. Now zoom out. Zoom out some more. Keep going.
God’s wrath righteously burns against this insignificant man’s sin, but rather than destroying all sinners, He gave His only Son. Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, died on the cross for insignificant sinners like us. And all who trust in Him for salvation are saved. God shows how significantly amazing His love is when He pours it on insignificant sinners such as we are.