Last week, I traveled to Arkansas to see my best friend from school at Hendrix. By car, it would have been an 8 hour drive, so I decided to fly instead. My trip that began as just a visit to see a friend soon turned into a tour of 5 different states and airports. Connections and layovers–I found myself jumping on a subway just to get to my concourse in Atlanta’s airport. In Denver’s airport, I rode on this long treadmill that stretched the length of the long, wide hall of gates. I soon found that the treadmill was not for riding on, though. It was for running on whenever you were late to your gate because the treadmill helped you speed down the long hall twice as fast.
In the sea of people–coming and going, eating and drinking, texting and talking–I felt so small…too small to ever be noticed in the hustle and bustle, too small to ever make a difference.
One Sunday in church, my pastor once asked the question, “Do you think you’re too small to make a difference? Have you ever spent the night alone in a room with a mosquito?” It took the congregation a couple moments longer to process the question than the pastor had thought, so he helped us out by saying, “You know! Bzzzzzzzzzz!” while flailing his arm in the air. Everyone laughed, and the pastor’s joke had been received, even if just a little later than hoped for…
This thought popped into my head as I had boarded the plane, buckled my seatbelt and began to lift into the air. Gazing out my small window, I realized that I was small too, just like that mosquito.
Sure, our lives seem busy and seem to revolve around our own self here on earth, but from 38,500 feet, everything looks different in the light of God’s beauty and glory. We are so small and insignificant, and yet He loves us so much that he orchestrates every aspect of our lives (Psalm 139).
That’s when I began to wonder if the happiest people that I’ve ever met in my life were those who realized that they were just a mosquito, messengers sent to buzz around in their little flight path and to give other people something to scratch at….