Get outside for some perspective

Psalm 8 verses 3 and 4:


When I consider your heavens,

    the work of your fingers,

the moon and the stars,

    which you have set in place,

what is mankind that you are mindful of them?

    human beings that you care for them?

What is your favourite place to get away from it all and get some perspective? Even if a poolside spot in a hot location is not an option for you, you likely have a favourite spot or walk a bit closer to home. Getting outdoors, preferably in good weather, is a great way to let go and de-stress. It just seems easier when you have the skies above you and an expansive view over the fields or sea, to shake off concerns and worries that race around our little heads.

The person who wrote psalm 8 goes outside for a sense of perspective. He (or she!) ponders the midnight sky, the moon and the stars and is overwhelmed by its glory. To him it is a pointer to the glory of God. It makes him wonder why on earth God would be interested in the fate of a single human, small and puny as we are. And yet the psalm writer doesn’t stop there.

It would be easy to conclude, if we only look at the size and age of our universe that human beings, individuals, are totally insignificant. However, in faith we can discover that we are loved and our lives have a purpose. The Bible says we are made in the image of God: we are called to reflect something of God’s glory and goodness to the rest of creation. So even though, we ourselves as humans are not the centre of the universe (God is), we do have a high calling. Our lives are not insignificant.

I hope you will get a chance to get outside this summer – come rain or shine – to gain some perspective on the meaning and purpose of your life!


Rev Hanneke Marshall


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