My Musings – Last Friday, I was provided the opportunity of having a photo op with, and getting to shake the hands of, the 43rd President of the United States, George W. Bush (he’s the one on the left). It was quite an honor for a small town “boy” (the one on the right), who in the grand scheme of things is fairly insignificant, to stand next to the man who at one time was arguably the most powerful man in the world. I got to hear him interviewed for about an hour, and I have to say (whether you agreed with his politics or not), that he is a most gracious and humble man. Very funny too (on purpose).
All that said, his days of power are over. He is still to be honored as an ex-President, but he is no longer the mover of the wheels of history that he once was. Of course we all know that there are the “hands” of One behind scenes that is the “unmoved mover.” He causes kings (presidents) and kingdoms (republics) to rise and fall. Who at times removes His hands and permits things to occur in this fallen world that we do not always understand. At other times, He stretches forth His hands to prevent things that go beyond His permissive will. And at still other times He moves to cause things to happen that are simply amazing (like His amazing grace).
In the end, when facing the Almighty, Presidents (current and ex) and kings, have no special privileges that small town “boys” do not have. The significant persons of history are no more (or less) important than the insignificant. For in the “grand scheme of things” we are all quite insignificant in comparison to Him. Yet, He considered us significant enough to allow His Son to die on the cross to bear the penalty for all of our sins, significant and insignificant.
I’ve said it before in my blogs that there is no sin so small that Jesus did not have to die for it, and no sin too great that He could not die for it. A corollary of this is: there is no person so insignificant that He would not dare to die for, and no person so significant that He did not need to die for.
Still, as insignificant as both George and I are, I was still glad I got to meet Him. I will remember it for a long time, although I am pretty sure George has already forgotten.
My Advice – Some day, with my own eyes, I will behold the King of kings and Lord of lords. My meeting this past week, which seems so huge now, will seem so trivial then. Wouldn’t you like to behold Him too? You will. In fact every knee will bow, and every tongue will confess, that Jesus is Lord. Some in adoration and relief. Others in fear and grief. Which will it be for you? It doesn’t have to be in fear and grief.