Given the violence of the past week both in the U.S. and abroad, it is important to consider the dignity of human life. I think the video below helps to do this. In it, you will see a visual representation of worldwide airline traffic over a 24-hour period. Each plane is represented by a small dot of yellow light.
As you view the video consider some of the following:
- Each dot is a plane that carries hundreds of people.
- Each individual has a story.
- Some people are joyful, flying to attend a weddings or family events.
- Some people are sad, flying to attend funerals.
- Some people are nervous, flying to job interviews.
- Other people are flying to attend conferences or give business presentations.
- Each dot is a plane filled with people who have both gifts and struggles.
- The life of each person on each plane intersects with that of hundreds of other people.
- Some people are influential and/or well-known.
- Other people live more quiet, hidden lives but are still very precious to others.
- The people on the planes are parents and children, brothers and sisters, husbands and wives, old and young.
- Some of the people on the planes will die soon.
- Other people on the planes will live for many more years.
- All of the people on these planes have lives that are swept up into the great mystery of God’s unfolding plan.
- None of the people on the planes is an “accident” or a surprise to God.
- Each person has the dignity of being an intentional and loving creation of God.
- Each person is known by God more than he knows himself.
- God knows everything about every person on each plane.
- God knows the past, present, and future of every person on each plane.
- God sustains every fiber of every person on each plane.
- Before these people were ever formed in their mother’s wombs, God knew them, loved them, and intended them.
- Every one of their days was written in God’s book before any of those days came to pass.
Each dot: a plane. Each dot: a gathering of people. Each person has both a history and a destiny unfolding, and is known to God, loved by God, and sustained by God.
Behold the mystery and the dignity of humanity as seen in a thousand points of light: