Years ago, we were in language school in the French Alps and the students and teachers took the day off to go skiing. It was early morning and we were some of the first on the slopes. I rented skies and jumped on the first lift I came to. I was carried over a small hill where I slid off of the lift and had the most spectacular view of my life. In front of me were white-capped mountains framed in a blue sky with a wisp of fluffy clouds and the sun glistening off the snow. Briefly, I paused and simply enjoyed the moment of being there. I felt small among magnificent mountains, thanked God for the day and went on to have one great day of skiing.
There are those who have a high opinion of themselves than the splendor of creation would justify because they have denied the existence of the Creator. If we are nothing more than a cosmic accident, evolved pond slime then it matters not in the ultimate scheme of the universe if we come and go. So the life on this one tiny rock in a little solar system eventually self-destructs by evolving beyond its capacity to exist within its limitations, big deal. What consequence is it if an insignificant life form on a single planet among billions winks out of existence? None whatsoever.
But if, as the Bible contends, life was placed on this planet by a God who had a purpose in creating it and one of the life forms was endowed with the very image of that God, then that gives us meaning.
We are either irrelevant specks in a massive universe or we are the cherished creations of a God. Inconsequential blimps on an evolutionary chart should not be climbing mountains to proclaim their self-importance to an impersonal universe that could care less. However, precious creations of a Great Creator should climb mountains to give praise for one more day of life and a place of importance in the vastness of the universe.
"To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, 'If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.'" John 8:31-32