From The Storyteller
Hello All: There are times when we become aware of just how big creation is, and it is an eye opener. Enjoy. Doug
“This view is magnificent,” Elaine says as we sit together atop a Colorado mountain watching the sun setting over the valley where we are staying. I am smiling as the valley below begins its nightly transformation into a city of lights. Then as if a switch has flipped, I am overwhelmed by the vastness of nature and the beauty of the valley. Note: It is a truly humbling experience to realize that in comparison to the vastness of creation, and the 6000 souls that call this valley home, I am (as my dad would say) “a pretty small potato”.
Which brings me to driving in Houston during rush hour a week later. I-45 has twelve lanes - six going north and six going south. They are packed bumper to bumper with cars in both directions as far as the eye can see. Being able to see 100K+ cars all moving at the same time is impressive, and when my google search tells me there are 6,000,000+ people that call Houston home, I can believe it.
Here again I am reminded that I’m “a pretty small potato.” The reminder comes from being surrounded by 100K+ cars and it is me (Mr. Small Potato) driving the only one I have any control over in that 60-mph traffic. As you can imagine, during that evening commute, I found it REALLY humbling and necessary to give my total attention to driving. It was only later, when I parked in the motel parking lot, that Elaine and I began smiling, just like that time a week earlier when we smiled while sharing that mountain top view.
Observation: You don’t have to be important in the eyes of the world for highways and mountain tops to give you reasons for smiling.
Moral: Being "a small potato" can still make for a meaningful life.