On a visit to Godshill Model Village on the Isle of Wight, I became aware of why adults and children like small world play, whether it be Isla with the doll’s house or Pete with his train set.
Godshill, an apt name for the place, illuminated our relationship to our world and God to his world. We are not God’s small world play with his hand moving the pieces into place, building and knocking down his creation. Just as an Earthly parent cannot control all that happens to his world, his children, so God is not in control of his world, his children. The image of an all powerful God presiding in the heavens was dispelled when we saw for the first time from the moon, the Earth rise. Later the Hubble telescope showed us the vastness of space and our small place in it.
Thinking of our smallness gives me vertigo! And a heavenly hand playing with or controlling us, as both laughable and terrifying.
In my vision of our place in the Universe that I saw at Godshill, I understood again that God is present and with us – loving, comforting, guiding, reprimanding – throughout our life on this tiny planet, and “letting go and letting God” is not defeatist or fatalistic, but rather a recognition that we are not in control. So when you let go of the uncontrollables, peace of mind, a peace that passes all understanding, fills the gap.