I have been thinking about how wonder and humility relate. My perspective was totally changed after realizing how small everything in my life actually is. This topic sparked my interest and I sort of had a “wow” moment. Let me explain.
Sometimes we feel as though our problems are the most difficult things in the world. I don’t say this to downgrade your issues as some of us carry very heavy burdens. But our tiny, superficial problems that wake us up with a frown are so minuscule compared to everything around us. Let’s think. Our little homes hold 1,2,3,4+ people, all silently (or not so silently) dealing with superficial and more realistic issues. There are hundreds of homes in our neighborhoods and hundreds of neighborhoods in our cities. States and countries hold thousands and millions and billions of cities. Our earth has many countries and seven continents each holding many cities. Our earth is puny compared to other planets in our solar system. I’ll leave you with that, but the point is that we are tiny and our worldly problems are even tinier. The wonder in the world can be amazing. Having a “wow moment” when everything seems to snap into place can flip our lives around. These moments can lead us to realize crazy, wonderful, life-changing things.
Don’t let silly, superficial stresses become the center of your world. Don’t let worldly disruptions make us become self-centered and distracted. These realizations can really humble us. Remembering that we are not the only person in our home, city, or world with problems on their mind can help bring us back to earth. We should help each other give up any worldly disruptions to God because at the end of the day, He will lift any burdens left on our shoulders.
When little things seem to stack up and everything seems to being going wrong, look to God and say “Oh, well.” Simply releasing yourself from the trap of worldly problems can help you from getting stuck underneath an accumulation of petty cares. Most of the things we tend to care about are not very important. We should begin prioritizing our thought processes and remembering about those around us. Humble yourself.
Many of us need to be a bit more humble. Sometimes we do things or prioritize something because we think it will be better for ourselves or that it is more important than anything. Looking back, we can all realize times we stressed about something or put something first in our lives that really was not very important. When we start to prioritize worldly things, they can stack up extremely and overwhelmingly fast. It can be frustrating, wondering why God can’t lift the things that we hold on so tightly to off of our hearts. We have to be willing to let go of the world’s burdens in order to be free.
Galatians 5:13 says: “You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.” This is incredible to me. We were called to be free. We are called to be free from daily, superficial burdens. But when we are freed from these problems, do not turn right back to the world and get caught in the same trap. We tend to go back to the world even when it hurts us. Don’t be freed from the world just to turn back around, be freed and serve others with love in your heart.