There is a children’s book tucked away in the back of my car that my little girl loves. Beautiful photos of animals, plants, all of God’s creation illustrated to go along with the well-known poem:
All things bright & beautiful
All creatures great & small
All things wise & wonderful
Our Lord God made them all
~ Cecil Frances Alexander
There is something about small that our culture tells us is insignificant. We crave big moments, larger than life experiences, fancy titles, the bigger, the better. I listen to the Olympic coverage and hear commentators specifically point out how astounded they are when someone who seems like the underdog – shorter, smaller, younger – takes center stage and performs magnificently.
I can get caught in that cycle, too. Thinking the only things that matter are the big things and I lean toward giving up.
- Not a lot of pageviews? Might as well give up – platform is what publishers want, so they won’t want me
- No hugely viral posts? That’s what conferences look for when choosing speakers, so I’ll never make the cut
- Haven’t won the lottery? It would be better to donate a huge amount & make a big impact than send $5, so I guess I’ll sit this one out
- Toddler hasn’t mastered XYZ? Probably means I’m an awful mom and I can’t imagine who would want to hear my story
It’s how our minds work, isn’t it? We put the expectations of the world on our shoulders and feel like failures when we live in the smallness of our ordinary days, and we forget that God created ALL things – bright, beautiful, big, small, wise, wonderful, and everything in between. And most importantly? On that day that He created the world, He said it was good. But on the day that He created man – He said it was VERY good. Our daily failures and lack to live up to the standards of the world do not make us insignificant.
Small and ordinary do not make us worthless.
They make us part of God’s beautifully designed planned. And in those moments where we feel small, we can lean into a God who is bigger than the universe and rest in the comfort that He knows our name. We are never too small to sneak past God’s love. And when we embrace the very ordinary parts of our humanity and the entirely extraordinary parts of God, we can become children of God who do great things, because we trust in a great God.
Our smallness does not count us out of God’s great plan for our lives. He has a purpose for you – so let’s not give up. Instead, let’s do our part, however small, however brave, and listen as the world’s commentators stand in awe at the power of the children of God doing great, unimaginable things for the Kingdom. One small step at a time.
I’m linking up with Lisa-Jo Baker and the beautifully brave writers of Five Minute Friday – would love for you to join us! Today’s writing prompt is: Small.