I’m a big NPR fan! I love the news programs and personal interest stories, quiz shows and podcasts. Funny though – as a child I would whine and argue when my parents left NPR on the radio for car rides. Talking on the radio – how boring! But now, as an adult, I’m one of those people – I sit in my car to finish that NPR story, long after I’ve reached my destination!
I’ll admit – there is one NPR program which I dislike. The StarDate science program – “your guide the universe” – usually plays on my local station on Wednesday afternoons. It is absolutely fascinating to learn about the newest discoveries in our universe – something happened with this random star 3 trillion miles away some 80 billion years ago. It is fascinating – yet the magnitude of this universe is far too massive for my little brain to grasp! I spiral into confusing thoughts of just how tiny and insignificant I actually am.
I went for a run early this morning. It was perfect – cool, crisp, bright sunshine shining on vividly green trees, birds chirping – not yet drowned out by the constant droning hum of traffic. As I ran, I considered the vastness of the galaxy – yet marveled at the growth of new leaves each spring, and the small, intricate signs of life creeping and crawling on the ground underneath my feet.
Today is Mother’s Day, and I stare in wonder at my own children. We cuddle close and I look at their little bodies – beings which were first formed and developed inside of me, and now grow and change every single day into this fully grown person that can talk and walk and love and live.
It is marvelous, miraculous; these tiny and massive things in our world that we take take for granted every day! We forget how intricate and delicate it is. What a responsibility, to respect and care for these beautiful gifts. Just as we care for our children, ensuring they are safe, protected and developing properly, we must care for all things in this world, big and small. We must also give our own mind and bodies the respect and care it deserves.
I love that science helps us to understand just how amazing this world is. It shows us the complexity and design of this adapting, evolving, miraculous creation. No way was this all left to chance – to a mere crashing of atoms! God’s fingerprints are in and throughout and amongst creation.
When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him? Yet you have made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor. You have given him dominion over the works of your hands; you have put all things under his feet, all sheep and oxen, and also the beasts of the field, the birds of the heavens, and the fish of the sea, whatever passes along the paths of the seas. O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! Psalm 8:3-9
So if you are looking for God’s presence in your life, it doesn’t always have to come from a deep, biblical or theological conversation, or an obvious miracle. It can come simply come from acknowledging the presence of a Creator in the world around you every single day. And maybe I spend a few more minutes with NPR, listening to StarDate – focusing not on how tiny I am in a universe that is so big, but savoring the truth that my seemingly insignificant self is a beautiful creation, deeply loved by the Creator. Amen!