by Beth Fore
Why, you do not even know
what will happen tomorrow.
What is your life? You are a
mist that appears for a little
while and then vanishes.
(James 4:14 NIV)
Man is like a breath;
his days are like a
(Psalm 144:4 NIV)
A Speck of Dust
I am but a speck of dust, Lord,
in the vastness of this universe.
I am but a minute grain of sand
on the ocean’s floor You disperse.
I am but a tiny flower, Lord,
that grows and withers away.
I am but a fleeting shadow
that only endures for a day.
I am a breath of air, Lord,
that lives for a little while.
I am but a simple step
in life’s long arduous mile.
I am a temporary mist, Lord,
that appears, then goes away.
I am merely a second in time
that comes, but doesn’t stay.
I seem so insignificant, Lord,
yet You gave Your life for me.
A speck of dust, a tiny flower,
yet You died at Calvary.
I may be a fleeting shadow,
but in You alone I believe.
I thank You for Your precious gift,
and Your bounty I gladly receive.
by Beth Fore
*A human being is such a tiny part of the whole of God’s creation. And, in time on earth, a person lives on earth for a very short time. It makes a person wonder about his/her significance in the overall scheme of life.
“Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.” (James 4:14 NIV)
The Bible says that man is a speck of dust, a mist, a breath, all of which are very minute or short-lived, seeming insignificant in view of all creation. Human beings spend much time thinking about why they were created and what their purpose is on this earth. We are thinking, rational beings; and we like to try to understand things. We are here for a very short time – – – then we are gone! Soon after we are gone, those who were here with us are gone also. So, who remembers that we were ever here?
I think God wants man to understand just how small he is in comparison with Him. The Bible tells us, “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” (1 Cor. 10:31 NIV). Our purpose on earth is to give honor and glory to God in all that we do or say. When we see how GREAT He is in comparison to everything He created, including us, then we better understand that we are the creation and He is the Creator. This gives us a wonderful motivation to seek to do His will and to completely surrender ourselves to Him.
Even though we are small in comparison to God, He created each one of us and He loves us and desires the best for us. When Adam sinned and every human being suffered from the curse of sin, God had a plan to reconcile us to Him through the perfect sacrifice of His son, Jesus Christ. The Bible says God knows how many hairs are on our head; He knew us while we were in our mother’s womb. Our God is love and He provides for us and blesses us and saves us when we open our hearts to Him and trust and obey Him. So, this demonstrates how loved and valued we are by God.
- Think of some things God has created that are much more powerful than you. Then think of something more powerful than that. Continue until you get to God. Perhaps this will help you see yourself in a more realistic perspective.
- The Bible tells us that we live a very short time on earth. Do you think you are spending your time wisely? What can you do to spend your time more wisely?
- Some people think “too little” of themselves. How can we balance humility and a healthy self-concept?
- Do you think about the best way to honor and glorify God when you are making decisions in your life? If so, does this often change the decisions you make.
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