Last night I was driving home, kids in the back, holding my wife's hand; when all of the sudden a big bright light appeared over the top of the mountain. I could see it bright in the rear view mirror, and for a second I thought someone was shining a huge spot light right in the back window of our car.
Then, as I looked closer, I found it wasn't a spotlight, it wasn't a car light at all, it was the full moon rising for the evening.
I don't know what the moon looked like at your home last night, but we were spectators to a beautiful bright full moon. It was incredible!! It seemed like it was right over the mountain range above our house, and it had this crazy lure to it drawing my attention away from the road. I couldn't stop looking at it.
When we got home we all hopped out of the car, and I just stared up at the night sky.
Have you ever done that?
Maybe you don't have access to a clear night sky because you're surrounded by city lights. So here, do this...Drive about 20 minutes outside the edge of your town one night, and just look up. Here in Colorado when we look up you can see millions of stars.
There's actually a place here on our property where, in the summer, you can stand and see the biggest band of the milky way strewn across the night sky. It's incredible!!
So this morning, I was working on my prayer and meditation.
I thought about how Jesus called us to pray, "Our Father...who art in Heaven...Hallowed be thy name..."
And for some reason that moon just kept creeping in my head.
I couldn't shake it.
The questions coming in my being were clear:
Do you know how much stuff is out there we haven't even seen yet?
How big is the universe?
If you're out there God, I'm amazed you have all this under control!!
Who am I to stand before a moon like last night and be a part of this great story called life?
Literally for about 30 minutes...I....Just...Stopped.
I stopped to recognize how small I really am.
I stopped to see the insignificance of my vapor of a life in relation to all this creation around me.
And then I stopped and just thought about how every breath I breathe is connected to the same creation I'm in awe of.
Every atom of Oxygen I take in my lungs is somehow connected to the Big creator.
Every morsol of Carbon Dioxide I breathe out goes into the great big world around me.
Every part of me is connected to the bigger story.
And so is yours.
So as you think today about your place in the world, don't forget, with every breath you take, YOU are a part of something much larger.