Life's greatest thrill?
Big things. We love them.
Whether it’s a once-in-a-lifetime trip to the Grand Canyon or the thrill of walking to the top of a hill, we all get a kick out of experiencing big things that make us feel small.
But this seems to go against another of our great loves - making ourselves look big.
Whether it’s lifting a hundred kilos in the gym, breaking five-hundred Instagram followers or owning a bigger home, we all try to make ourselves feel significant.
So why do we search out experiences that make us feel insignificant?
Search for Significance
I reckon the answer lies deeper than many of us realise.
Deep in our hearts, we know that we weren’t made to be made much of - we were made to make much of someone else.
God. The almighty Creator of the universe who we rejected so that we could be our own gods. So that we could convince ourselves that we’re as big and significant as him.
And there’s the issue.
We were made for relationship with this God – the universe’s ultimate thrill. But instead we’re too busy looking for that thrill in ourselves and our own experiences
And, unsurprisingly, these experiences pale in comparison.
The Biggest Prize
The prophet Isaiah asked:
‘Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, or with the breadth of his hand marked off the heavens?’ Isaiah 40:12
If we get a buzz from the spray of ocean waves, what about the thrill we can experience by knowing the one who holds the oceans in the palm of his hands?
What’s more is that we don't need to stand afraid at a distance. God gives us the universe’s biggest prize; in Jesus Christ he gives us himself.
And we can approach him like a lamb in a shepherd's arms (Isaiah 40:11).
There’s no greater thrill than that.