Total Perspective Vortex

Read: Jeremiah 39:1-41:18, 2 Timothy 1:1-18, Psalm 90:1-91:16, Proverbs 26:1-2

Before the mountains were born, before you gave birth to the earth and the world, from beginning to end, you are God. (Psalm 90:2)


Relate: What would it be like to get a true perspective of the vastness of the universe and our place in it? What would it be like to begin to understand how truly big it is and how relatively small and fleeting we are? Watch this: 

You aren’t, unless your name is Zaphod Beeblebrox and you are in the Total Perspective Vortex while surrounded by a protective universe. If you have no idea what I meant by that last sentence, don’t worry. It is a reference to a silly space comedy, Hitchikers Guide to the Universe. In the book a guy invents a machine called the Total Perspective Vortex. This machine’s only purpose is to give the user a complete and perfect understanding of the answer to those first two questions I posed. The problem is, the universe is so immensely vast and we are so relatively small ends up going insane, their brain melts and they die. The only purpose this machine can truly have is as a particularly cruel form of execution. Zaphod was the only person to ever survive it and only because he had the protection of a creator of a universe.

React: Perhaps a little more perspective would do me some good. Perhaps I do need to die a bit more. In order for God to truly be God in my life I need to stop trying to do the job myself. The best way for that to happen is to get a better perspective of just how great He truly is.


God, You are the center of the universe. More than that, You are it’s creator and You sustain it. All the universe, in it’s wisdom sings Your praise. Keep me from being so foolish that I refuse to join the song. Give me perspective because I keep trying to glorify myself, my wants, and my desires in my own eyes when all I should be doing is looking to You. How great You are, God. Let me sing with the mountains and the heavens, all creation and every creature, “How Great Is Our God.”

9 thoughts on “Total Perspective Vortex

  1. I am always in awe when I stop to consider the vastness of His universe. Our precious Lord Jesus is so Great and so glorious. Your post reminded me of Revelation 4:8 “And the four living creatures, each one of them having six wings apiece, are full of eyes around and within; and they have no rest day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God the Almighty, who was and who is and who is coming.” Thanks for the post. Have a nice week!

  2. “The stars are singing to God/And we can’t praise Him one time” Thank you for inspiring me with this post. I can’t wait to start on this poem. This has been a blessing to me and as the previous comment mentioned before, it puts so many things into perspective of just how small we are. For me, if the stars can sing and give God praise…why can’t I? Thanks again for the post.

  3. Perspective! yes – that has always been, and can still remain, my problem. When ego bursts forth and tries to control and take over, I lose perspective of who’s really in charge of things. When pride jumps up on stage and tries to rally folks the way it wants to, then I lose perspective of the Creator’s plan for me. When I try to hold on to selfishness and self-centeredness, I lose perspective on what’s really important in this world.

    I love what you said about dying a little bit more. That is what I try to do every day, so that I may find new life and trust more in the faith of the Creator and where I am meant to be. When I lose that perspective, that He is running the show and not I, things go pear shaped for me. When I return to the point, the truth in which He is the Principle and I am just an agent, things align as they are meant to be. And there is harmony.

    Thank you for this.



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