Walk Humbly with God… and each Other

We went to a planetarium at the Museum of the Rockies and at the end the docent put up one of the new James Webb telescope images that is rocking the internet these days.  It was fun to see that image up on the huge globe screen.  But what I loved most is what came next.  He said, “I thought it would be fun for you to see this, but I can’t really say anything more because I don’t even really understand what we are looking at here.”

The first of the photos that was released by NASA from the James Webb telescope of Dark Space
the size of a grain of sand held an arm’s length away that is over 4 billion light-years from Earth.

I love that comment.  I enjoy multi-discipline learning and promoting a large swatch of learning – but most of that is done at a very shallow level.  We can master very little in life… we can enjoy a LOT!  I enjoy shallow dives into learning about geology, anthropology, astronomy… learning more and more about the wonders of creation.  But even if I may regurgitate some of that learning… I must admit I never really know what I’m talking about because there is a wide gulf between reading about something and being an “authority” on a subject.

It’s why I love the title of Fred Craddock’s old preaching book, “As One Without Authority.”  I too am a person who speaks a lot about a lot as a non-authority.   That is good… so long as I remember to check myself because most of the time, I am barely scratching the surface of the knowledge in any given area.  And this, my friends, is what I think Micah means when he says, “walk humbly with your God”.  Humility isn’t about debasement.  Humility is about a wondrous curiosity attached to an understanding of the limits of our knowledge.  God alone is God.  We walk with humility before God… but also before each other.  We share our wonder, our discoveries, and our curious questions – but always as ones without authority. 

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About Andrew Kukla

I am the proud father of four wonderful children, loving husband to Caroline, brother to three mostly wonderful sisters, and son of two parents that gifted me with a foundation of love and freedom. I also am a Presbyterian pastor and former philosophy major with a love of too many words (written with many grammatical errors and parenthetic thoughts), Soren Kierkegaard, and reflections on living a life of discipleship that is open to all the challenges, ups and downs, brokenness and grace, of a chaotic and wonderful life founded upon the love of God for all of creation.

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