photo credit Connor Cornell
ECLIPSE by Ashley Chakeris
Two weeks ago, I got to see the full eclipse in Charleston, SC. It was one of the most magnificent things I’ve ever seen. It’s hard to fully explain how amazing it was, and words can’t do it justice. It has to be experienced. That morning a storm had passed and the waves looked great, so several of us met for a pre-eclipse surf. At the beach, an amazing, full double rainbow and beautiful, clean waves greeted me. Waves, good friends, and a double rainbow? The day was already special. Fast forward to the big event and getting to see totality, which was absolutely awe inspiring. Naturally, much talk since has been about the eclipse. I’ve been surprised by how many people have said, ”It made me realize how insignificant we all are.” Small, yes. Insignificant? No way. Because we are made in His image we have value, we have worth, and we are in fact very significant. Each of us. Ps. 8:5 says, “You have made them a little lower than God and crowned them with glory and honor.”
Ps. 1:27 says, “God created human beings in his own image.”
It was a reminder that I too quickly ascribe my worth by what I can or can’t do. We have to fight this mentality because it’s not from Him. It’s not what we do that gives us significance; it is who we are in Him. Why do we so easily forget? Lord, help us to be a remembering people! When we step into the ocean to surf, it is a reminder of yes, we are small, but also that we serve a great big God who has numbered the very hairs on our heads and loves us immensely. While there is a call in our hearts for significance, let us remember and remind one another that it is not in what we do, but in who we are, whose we are.
“Our culture applauds what we can produce, what we can show, what we can upload to social media. Only when we give all of ourselves to God—unedited, abandoned, apparently wasteful in its lack of productivity—can we live out who God created us to be. Maybe my seemingly unproductive, looking-up-at-Him life produces awe among the angels.” These places – the laundry room, the hospital bedside of an elderly parent, the 4th floor cubicle, are the places God uses to meet us with a radical love.”