“Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin, to see the plumb line in Zerubbabel’s hand.” Zechariah 4:10 (NLT)
Last fall I had the chance to stand in the headwaters of the Mississippi River, pictured above. It was amazing to me to think this tiny field and stream of water we could walk across, later downstream becomes the “Mighty Mississippi” we all learn about. It becomes one of the most powerful forces of water, supports numerous dams, and provides over 15-18 million people and 50 cities with their water supplies. It also transports tons of supplies via barge every day; all this from this tiny, seemly irrelevant, stream of water.
As I was standing there the Lord brought to mind this verse above. In this passage many of the older Jews were disheartened because the Temple being rebuilt would not be as glorious as the one built by Solomon. But to God bigger and more beautiful is not always better.
In the Life Application Bible the commentary says “What you do for God may seem small and insignificant at the time, but God rejoices in what is right, not what is necessarily big. Be faithful in the small opportunities. Begin where you are and do what you can, and leave the results to God.”
What amazing advice. Sometimes I struggle with my “small beginnings”, but I’m realizing more every day that God often moves in little steps and reaching people one on one. Sometimes the littlest things we are doing are making the biggest difference in someone else’s life, and we don’t even know it; the encouraging word, the friendly smile, or simply being there. Often times we get hung up with seeing results instead of being obedient and letting God take care of the results.
Who could imagine that this tiny stream would be used so mightily and who can imagine what God can do through you if you are faithful in the little things. As the song says, “little is much when God is in it.”
Lord, thank you for using the little things we do and making them into big things. Help us to not buy into the bigger is better theory. Help us to be content with whatever you ask us to do and to do it with all our heart. Please find us faithful in the small things we pray. Amen.