I stumbled upon a Chrome web experiment the other day that allows users to focus in and out of various points in our galaxy, the Milky Way. As I instantaneously zoomed around the cosmos, the thought suddenly occurred to me that I was virtually traveling the equivalent of thousands of light years in seconds. I felt very small. In the midst of all this vast space, what did I matter? I have a hard enough time contributing to life in my immediate circles. Who am I to think I can contribute to something as large as a city, a state, a country, the world, let alone the whole universe?
This is one of the great paradoxes of God that I find so fascinating. We as individuals mean very little in the physics of time and space. However, in a single moment, in a specific place, the universe has no meaning except what God gives us—a chance to express in word or action our love to God and others. All of this was created that love may exist. That is my purpose, to live my life in relationship with the Father, Son, and Spirit and let that relationship inform and inspire the way I love and give to others.
As I ponder this, it is easy to get lost in the dark expanse between points of light. Observed from afar, we can think that this is all that love is, settling for a dim existence lit solely by these tiny specks. When I remember that my perspective is so small, the reality of love becomes radiant.
Like the light from stars, we only see a love that is reflected and filtered. If we stood close to even our own star it would destroy us. The fact is that we are not made to be love. We can receive love and give love but only God is love. He emptied himself of all His glory so He could stand next to us and show us the truth from our perspective. The truth that God is light, God is love. That light and love is for us to receive and share.
We love because he first loved us. 1 John 4:19