I have never asked myself, “What is it about my own pride and arrogance, that I really want?” I mean compared to the grand scheme of things, I am about as insignificant as a gnat.
The ocean, or a 160 mile an hour wind, or when the sky opens up to flood the ground, or the heat in the desert. A hurricane or a tornado. Any one of these things could snatch me up from this earth at any given moment. I lay my head down at night thinking I am going to awake in the morning, and this could not be the case at all. I awake in the morning thinking I am going to bed at night, and this could not happen also. (I am really sure of myself in these moments.)
It is like Daddy always use to tell us kids, “When you think you are too big for your britches, go look at the ocean.” (Now that will make you fit into your britches again!)
When I think of these things I realize:
I am so minute compared to all the rest of creation.
All the rest of creation humbles itself to the will of God. I mean a “tree” humbles itself in obedience to God. It sprouts it’s leaves when it is supposed to, looking all grand. It shed’s them when it is supposed to, looking all dead. Give it water and it will grow, do not give it water and it will die. It will produce the roots, branches, and leaves just as God created it to do. A “tree” will always be what it is created to be, “a tree.” In each season of it’s life, it will always give glory to God. It will never ask praise for itself, no matter how tall it stands.
Oh, let’s see? How many times have I not humbled myself before God, by not being who/what He created me to be? How many times have I wanted to take the glory for myself, when my roots, branches and leaves begin to sprout? How many times have I wanted others to stand in awe of me, for my “spiritual growth” and “holiness.” How many times have I set myself so above others, because in my own estimation, I stand taller than they do with God?
How many times have I thought of myself as an “oak” and others as a “weeping willow?”
“For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and the one who humbles himself will be exalted.”
Love and God Bless, SR