This is a story about a boy and a girl. It sounds cliche but most love stories are cliches, don’t they?
There was of course a meeting – that moment when both hesitate at each step. This is the time when both figure out who this person is. Then there were other firsts – first dinner together, first promise, first travel together and many others. Some of those firsts were followed by a second and a third. Some were sweet and fun. Some were tough and challenging. Some were memorable. Some were not so.
While we may think that this is happily ever after, this isn’t. Like all cliché love stories, there’s a twist, a conflict or a challenge.
The twist is they parted. Without a trace, without a word or so much as explanation. Did she love him? Did he love him? Why not save the friendship at least? These and a lot of other questions haunted both of them.
This is not about them though. It’s about what happens after.
Devastated the he pushed away everyone. Dropped everything and went away. He felt that his significance disappeared. He lost meaning in his life. Almost as if he wanted to die. He tried to find meaning in life. Volunteered, met friends, tried to get the attention of the world, try to find love.
Awfully tragic, right?
If you thought this is a good fiction story – a great musical play, a good drama series on TV or a good plot for a movie, you’ll be surprised how true this is. The struggle is actually real. It is actually true. Clichés do happen.
I know because that’s me.
I guess it’s a classic human reaction to tragedy of the heart. There’s always this struggle to find your place in this universe. There’s always this struggle to come to terms with your worth in this world after someone decided to dump you. You’d think that you are not enough, that your efforts were not enough, that maybe you did something wrong. There’s always that struggle to find your significance. There’s always that question if you were really worthy of love.
Come to think of it, we are actually just a speck in this universe. We are mere dusts when compared to galaxies and stars and planets. Look it up, you’ll discover that while we think that the sun is the biggest in the galaxy, wait till you see the other stars and planets. You’ll know what I’m talking about.
The more you look outside of this planet, the more you’ll realize how small you are. You’ll realize that you really are nothing. YOU ARE ACTUALLY TOO SMALL AND TOO INSIGNIFICANT COMPARED TO THE UNIVERSE.
Yet, there’s this…
“When I look at the heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon, and the starts that you established – what is man that you take notice of him, or the son of man that you pay attention to him?”
Psalm 8:3-4, ISV
Yet the biggest confounding issue is why a huge and infinite God could look at us with such intense concentration. Why such a powerful being able to create the whole galaxy that we know of without so much as lifting a finger care for puny specks of dust in his creation. Why does he have to bother with man whose sin causes the entire planet’s destruction? Why does He bother to know you?
So when you feel heartbroken, when you question your significance in this world, when you feel that you are not worth it, remember that you are. But then that did not stop a God who sacrificed His own Son to have you with Him. Despite the vastness of the galaxy, God set his sights on you and ransomed you from sin. Doesn’t this make you precious in His sight? It does.
Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? (As the Scriptures say, “For your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep.”) No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.
And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 6:35-39, NLT
When you consider that as I did, you will realize your significance in this world. You are significant because a God in heaven loves you. You are not alone because a God watches over you. You are loved simply because a God in heaven simply cannot be stopped.