The picture you see here was taken from a Swiss Air flight over the Alps at sunset. Of course it does not begin to capture the grandeur of this mountain range. I was on my way home to Italy from a set of meetings in Sweden. The meetings had gone well. A group of some 40 staff leaders had met to discuss ways to advance the mission among European university students. We had also spent a day out among Swedish college students to talk to them about Christ. I went away a little conflicted in my soul-while I was encouraged by our plans and the dedication of our staff I was also daunted by the lostness of these students.
There are three times I really feel small-when I am in the mountains, when I am at the sea-and when I am on an airplane. I love the window seat, especially when I am traveling somewhere new. This particular evening I needed to feel small-because when I feel small I am more open to see the greatness of God. The Alps reminded me of His greatness. Hear what is written in Job 37, “God thunders wondrously with His voice; He does great things that we cannot comprehend. For to the snow he says, ‘Fall on the earth . . . stop and consider the wondrous works of God.'”
If God can make the Alps and cause snow to fall on the earth-then He can rescue the European university student from sin and condemnation. When God is small to me I miss this perspective-when I am small and He is big I am reminded of His vast abilities. May He be glorified!