“I lead a small life – well, valuable, but small – and sometimes I wonder, do I do it because I like it, or because I haven’t been brave?” – You’ve Got Mail
Lightning strikes; thunder resounds, shaking the house and the world all around it. In the enormity of the storm, I am small.
Waves lap a white-sand beach with not another soul for miles to see. With the vastness of the ocean before me, I am small.
Big eyes well up with trembling tears, calling “Mama!” In the face of pain I can’t fix, I am small.
There are better writers, bigger blogs. In the endless realm of the internet, I am small.
One woman after another, looking for help, for hope. In the face of enormous need, I am small.
And sometimes, I feel that being small makes me less important, less effective…just “less.”
But, the tiny pebble my son throws in the pond eventually sends ripples through the whole of it.
And, the eleven small men who hid in an upper room eventually changed the world.
Because they were small, but their God was not.
And neither is mine.
“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” Ephesians 3:20-21
On Friday, I like to link up with Lisa-Jo and write for five minutes flat…joining a community of writers who love words…and each other. Join us?
Oh girl… You are big for Jesus. In all the right ways. Loved this post.
Thank you! I read your post last night and loved it. Had too many thoughts to make a proper comment…thinking on it still!
Alia Joy says
There’s no shame in small, like Lisa Jo said. I think small is just the right size. Small is born into a stable, small is the stone that killed Goliath, small is the best way to leave room for the big things of God. So glad to chat tonight. Keep writing. Small is nothing to be ashamed of. In fact, I think it may be the place we see God’s glory most.
Enjoyed the chat, too! I love this: “small is born into a stable.” Thank you for reading!
“Those eleven small men who hid in an upper room, eventually changed the world.” Amen to that. What a beautiful post.
Thank you! I’m so glad you stopped by!
Emily Simmons says
Amen. Rejoicing with you in our small-ness and His big-ness today.
It was great to get to chat with you last night!
Thank you! I enjoyed the #fmfparty so much last night! I have got to make it a regular habit! Thanks for stopping by!
Julee Ann Frey says
Wow, this is beautiful. Praying for you all as I read this morning. The apostles waited AND prayed. God’s church was birthed in that upper room.
Nancy Wright says
Their God is not small and neither is mine! I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Phil 4:13. Rejoice in the Lord, for He is able, and will do amazing things if we allow Him to lead. Loved the post!
I enjoyed reading this. Thank you for calling our attention back to God’s immeasurable power at work within us…recently i was reminded to how fast my world can go wrong when i fail to prevent every possible hurt of my children…inevitably…how God is the ultimate one Who holds all things together all the time…like my four year old said boldly in the car….God keeps All
Sometimes I long for the ocean to be reminded of God’s immensity. When I rest in how BIG He is, I fall in love with my smallness. I can’t help it. And that is exactly where I want to dwell.
Your words are honest and beautiful! Thank you!
Cindi Summerlin says
Beautiful. I always thought of the beach as being God’s church, and have found the most comfort there when talking to Him as I walk.
Thanks for making such an important point….what is most important is that God is Big, and not that we need to be big…I’ve been pondering those verses in Ephesians lately, as you can tell from my post, so it was delightful to see you mention it here…blessings to you 🙂