“What does ‘middle’ mean?”
Remember when you first learned of something that made you say, “Wow!”? Something that made you pause. Something that changed your whole perspective of life as you knew it.
I feel like that happened a lot more when we were young when so much was so new, before we became cynical or unfazed by the many things that cross our ears that we either choose not to care about or have become so use to that it seems like nothing spectacular.
It started with a simple question from one of the deaf women while at the office last week…”What does ‘middle’ mean?”, she said while pointing to the sign in a new sign dictionary.
Looking for an example within reach, I put my phone between two pencils on my desk and signed, “My phone is in the middle of the pencils.” She gave me a confused look and I came up with a similar example labeling it again, the cup is in the middle of the books.” She paused for a second and signed, “Like at school you sign ‘middle America’?” I understood her question. We had been studying at school the relationship of Honduras to the rest of the world. We have a map of the world, one of Central America (also signed “Middle America”), a map of Honduras, and a map of the individual departments and cities in Honduras. She was busy helping me with materials and missed the whole lesson.
I took her into the other room with the world map on the wall and showed her about North America and South America and that the countries in between (including Honduras) were called Central (middle) America. She commented on how small Honduras looked compared to North America. I pointed out Russia and China as well and her eyes got big trying to put into proportion those countries with North America.
In church they have been learning about the “12 Truths of the Christian faith”, the first being “God the Father is almighty, maker of heaven and earth.” She commented on how God must be really powerful to make the whole earth with all those big countries on it.
I smiled and turned to my computer on the desk and Google searched “Photos of the solar system” and came up with this.
I pointed out earth to her and she asked if that was real. I told her that that particular photo was not real but all planets were real. I typed in another search of “real photos of plantes” and came up with these.
Each one I showed her she seemed to marvel more and more at having a different facination with each. The sun was “so bright and big” and some of the other planets so “colorful” or “bare”. After she closed her mouth in amazement she asked me again, just to make sure, if that was true and those were real. I told her yes and that God made them all! She saw a photo that showed up in the search of the milky way and asked what that was. I told her stars and she said, “God made those the 4th day”. They have also been learning the bible stories of Genesis and was excited to make the connection. She seemed to sum it all up so perfectly with her eyes still wide trying to comprehend it all, “And that same God is our Papa in heaven that watches us and cares for us!” Yes, Amanda, yes He is. I don’t think we stop to marvel at the things that God has made, what God has done in our lives and what God is doing in the world right now. R. C. Sproul writes, “Men are never duly touched and impressed with a conviction of their insignificance, until they have contrasted themselves with the majesty of God.”
I hope you take some time to realize your insignificance so that he might become greater as you realize the majesty of our God.
“What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.… Worship is pure or base as the worshiper entertains high or low thoughts of God. For this reason the gravest question before the Church is always God Himself, and the most portentous fact about any man is not what he at a given time may say or do, but what he in his deep heart conceives God to be like.” -A.W. Tozer
“For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.” (Romans 1:20)