We Are Not
As tempting as it may be to think more highly of ourselves than we ought, I believe that finding satisfaction in our diminutive position in the midst of time and space is somehow natural to all humans (at least those who are seeing and thinking clearly). My personal worldview asserts that we were designed that way for a purpose, but I have seen many instances of those with markedly different belief systems coming to a similar conclusion. Seeing the way Mt Wrather towered above the Mendenhall Glacier the other day, moved me toward contemplation of the immovable qualities of God. For anyone standing at the edge of the ocean, watching as water that reaches to the horizon ebbs toward their feet with the tide, there is peace. Gazing into the starry night sky, we can know that we are not, in fact, the center of the universe! What a relief!
We do have responsibilities, but we are to steward and enjoy…not create and sustain. That is why I cherish being surrounded by soaring peaks and mile wide rivers of ice. While there is rest to be found in recognizing one’s own miniscule scope of influence, there is great joy to be found in following a progression of thought from there to the one whose scope of influence is eternally all-encompassing!