For, “All people are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of the Lord endures forever.” And this is the word that was preached to you.
1 Peter 1:24-25
Dear God, it’s all very temporary, isn’t it? My glory. My problems. My suffering. My life. It seems so big in the moment. It seems so challenging and overwhelming. But then, when we look back years later it seems so small. That’s one of the reasons I am such a believer in study abroad programs and being a foreign exchange student in high school. When you get out and see a different part of the world, it makes your high school world seem so small.
Even as an adult, I’ve certainly walked through valleys that have overwhelmed me. But now I can look back on them with som perspective. And those are just periods of my life. One day, when I am in glory with you, I will see just how much I should have considered my life worth nothing to me (Acts 20:24). It will all seems so small. 100 years from now, my name and the things I actually did, while they might reverberate through history like dominoes knocking over other dominoes, will only exist on someone’s family tree. The problems I’m facing today will be gone.
Father, teach me to see the world the way you see it while simultaneously not missing the importance of these moments and my need for your direction and provision in them. These moments do, indeed, impact history more than we know. It’s just that has less to do with my identity than I will probably ever realize. So help me to decrease while you increase and guide me on this path.
In Jesus’s name I pray,