Just a Small Thing

So is it just a little thing? I have heard it said many times that it isn’t the huge things in life that wear away at us, but it is the small stuff that just keeps on coming. I’ve also noticed that is isn’t always the large thing that brings us joy. This morning as I spent a few moments in prayer, study, and reflection, I found myself drawn to look out the window in front of my desk. There playing around a feeder, I witnessed a hummingbird feeding. I wasn’t a grown bird but a tiny young hummingbird.

Distracted and delighted, I sat for some time watching as others began to join in on the feeding and began to swirl playfully all around the feeder. I began to ponder how delicate and beautiful these creatures are. What a marvel of creation they are! What a display of the glory of God is flitting just a few feet in front of me just beyond my desk and window!

Are you aware that you also are a precious display of His glory and splendor? It is true, you are! We all are. It is one of those things we tend to take for granted. We have been made in the image of the Creator of the universe. Just the workings of our physical body and its ability to heal itself is a miracle. It is a simple wonder that often alludes us like so many small things in life.

What we often forget is that small things can become great when placed into the hands of God. Here’s an example: Long before the birth of the Savior in Bethlehem, Micah foretells the event. Let’s look at chapter five, verse two: “But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, who are too little to be among the clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler in Israel, whose coming forth is from of old, from ancient days.” (ESV) Notice how Bethlehem was unnotable, to small to be considered to be part of Judah though it was.

Here is another example, the mustard seed is very tiny. If your not careful when holding it is will slip out of your hand without you realizing it! Matthew 13:31-32 tells us this about it: “The kingdom of heaven is like a grain of mustard seed that a man took and sowed in his field. It is the smallest of all seeds, but when it has grown it is larger than all the garden plants and becomes a tree so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches.” (ESV) We are also reminded, “For truly, I (Jesus) say to you, if you have faith as a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you.” (ESV)

In James Scripture records: “Look at the ships also: though they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs.” (ESV) It also tells us that God uses the foolish things of the earth to confound the wise. 1 Corinthians 1:27 (KJV) I believe it can also be said that He uses the small or weak things to confound the strong. David and Goliath is a good example of this.

So what’s my point? God has made all things beautiful in their time. He has a plan and a destiny for each one of us, and they are all different. He has created us uniquely. He has place hopes and dreams insides us; they are seeds of our destiny. Before our first breath, God knew us, all about us. He formed us in the womb and knew all about our lives before we breathed one breath. (Psalm 139) Then life happens, and circumstances get in the way. They have a way of stealing our dreams, delaying plans and even making us forget those hope and dreams. It is still there! It is not too late! Does it seem small and far away? There is tremendous beauty and power in small things! If fact, when submitted into the hands of our loving Heavenly Father and Creator; little becomes exceedingly, above and beyond, beyond anything we can ask or imagine. Ephesians 3:20 (Amplified)

God is not an “ethereal Santa” or a “genie in a bottle” but He is a loving and generous Father. He is for us and our greatest good. When we trust Him with our little, it can become much. He is trustworthy; we can trust Him with our hopes, dreams, hurts and fears. He is the redeemer, restorer, provider, and protector. Will we trust Him? His timing?

So let’s go for it! Revive those dreams, renew those hopes and race toward them fearlessly under God’s guidance and direction. I love this quote from Beth Moore, “Never take a no from the Devil!; God will never say no to you that He is not trying to redirect you to where your yes is!!”

Blessings and Peace to you my friend!

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