In Awe of the Little Things

Many times, while we are in wonder at all the magnificence of this universe — mountains, valleys, planets, stars — it is easy to forget about the little things. Each little blade of grass, each crawling spider, each fluttering butterfly was woven in intricate design by the same God who made the Grand Canyon and each breath-taking sunrise.

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As the familiar hymn goes,

Each little flow’r that opens,
Each little bird that sings,
He made their glowing colors,
He made their tiny wings.

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The purple-headed mountains,
The river running by,
The sunset and the morning
That brightens up the sky.

The cold wind in the winter,
The pleasant summer sun,
The ripe fruits in the garden,
He made them every one.

The tall trees in the greenwood,
The meadows where we play,
The rushes by the water,
To gather every day.

He gave us eyes to see them,
And lips that we might tell
How great is God Almighty,
Who has made all things well.

All things bright and beautiful,
All creatures great and small,
All things wise and wonderful:
The Lord God made them all.

We often encourage each other to look up and see the beauty of God’s creation, and to let it fill you with awe. But today, I challenge you to look down, and all around you, and notice the details. See HIM in everything. Our Creator is strong and mighty and can move mountains, but He is also gentle and the most creative and meticulous Artist in the world. I mean, have you studied biology lately?! Thank Him for the cool breeze in the summer, the warm sunshine in the fall. Praise Him for the vibrant shades of color in a pansy, and the shimmering coolness of a raindrop.

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We cannot know all about God simply through His creation; that’s why He gave us His Word. But we can be filled with such a reverent and peaceful awe that we will want to know how to please and obey Him (Acts 17:24-31).

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God loves to use small things for His great purpose. He is beyond able to accomplish great things with small deeds (Ephesians 3:20). Take these examples from Scripture:

  • Dorcas used a needle to sew garments for the widows (Acts 9:32-42).
  • David used a sling to slay a giant (1 Samuel 17)
  • Samson used the jawbone of a donkey to defeat his enemies (Judges 15).
  • Mary used ointment to anoint and glorify Jesus (Matthew 26:3-13).
  • A poor widow gave all she had of two small coins (Mark 12:41-44).
  • Jesus compared the kingdom of God and our faith to a grain of mustard seed (Matthew 13:31-32; 17:20).
  • And ultimately, God used a rough, wooden cross to exemplify the greatest sacrifice of all time — our spotless Redeemer (John 19; 2 Corinthians 5:21)

“For who has despised the day of small things?..” Zechariah 4:10

As you go about your daily life, don’t forget to love the little things — the grace upon graces — that God sends your way. Perhaps it is a backyard sunset, a hike with friends, a cup of coffee, or a Bible study with a sister. Enjoy these little things, for one day you will look back and realize they were the big things.

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“Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think; according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” Ephesians 3:20

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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