It Is a Wonderful Feeling To Be So Humbled

… to go to sea is the glimpse the face of God. At sea I am reminded of my insignificance — of all men’s insignificance. It is a wonderful feeling to be so humbled.” — Steve Callahan.

Steve Callahan, author of Adriftonce spent seventy-six days lost at sea on a raft. Followers of the Pew know that feel closest to God when I am at a beach and swimming in the ocean. When I read Callahan’s words about insignificance and humility I had a better understanding of why I feel so happy at a beach.

It is healthy to “suffer a little humility” although I agree with Callahan that suffer is hardly the right feeling. There is a joy in humility like none other. If I could give one bit advice to our leaders and our future leaders it would be to learn a little humility and experience on a regular basis a sense of a world that is full of mystery and awe.

I believe we all are significant in God’s plan for the world, but I understand Callahan’s commentary. When I look out at an ocean or peruse the view from a mountaintop my heart pounds at the grandeur. We are not insignificant but only a small part of a magnificent world.

This summer take every opportunity you have to experience insignificance and humility. Each of us should take every chance we have to glimpse on the face of God.

About the author

Webb Hubbell, former Associate Attorney General of the United States, is an author and lecturer. His novels, When Men Betray, Ginger Snaps, and A Game Of Inches, are published by Beaufort Books and are available online, in your local bookstore, or you can order autographed copies at When Men Betray won one of the IndieFab awards for best novel in 2014. Ginger Snaps Won the IPPY Awards Gold Medal for best suspense/thriller.


  1. In the universe the whole of the earth is insignificant. Yet each one of us has the capacity to impact all of humankind and beyond our planet. That is my core belief that makes sense of our existence. Humility is the base feeling that reminds me how tenuous our existence is. The great bodies of water are the source of our life and give us the best connection to our beginning, the balance we so need to live our lives and the hope that even a distant shore is within our reach!
    Thank you.

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