Small

Posted by on February 21, 2014 in Five Minute Friday, God-sized dreams | 26 comments

It’s been ages since I participated in Five Minute Friday. I’ve missed the challenge and fun of it. Today’s prompt is Small. Here we go–

It’s been tempting to imagine that the work I do is only small and less important than the more visual, kingdom offerings of my peers. We measure success and achievement in numbers and grand results and it’s almost always about size. The bigger, the better, isn’t that what we say?

It’s been tempting to think that God feels the same about our worship–about our service and obedience.

It’s tempting to think that a Retreat with less than 30 in attendance is nothing. It’s so small. How could it be a grand orchestration of God?

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a page from my art journal

I confess, I’d practically believed this at one point.
Not that it isn’t worthy, but that it isn’t enough, because it’s small.

I believed it until I sat in that church in Virginia, and Bishop Guernsey said, “There’s no junior version of the Holy Spirit”.
My hand went slack against the page I was taking notes on. I couldn’t blink back the flood that erupted from my eyes.

He spoke to my specific fear.

All this time until that very moment, I had, in my heart, belittled the work God had called me to because of it’s smaller presence. I’d held my calling up against stadiums sold out for Jesus and felt insignificant and less-than. (How ridiculous!)
But when God shows up, He shows up–all of Him, not the small of Him.

He doesn’t parse Himself out and give each of us only a portion of Himself. He is all of Himself, everywhere at once.

The revelation of this has fueled me to pursue God more fervently in my calling.  God doesn’t call big people to small things, God calls small people to big things.

There are no big people in God’s kingdom. We are each of us, as grains of sand, all made from dust. And we are all called.

Nothing He ordains is small by heaven’s perspective.

Oh that I would see with God’s eyes rather than mine. That I would know that when we walk into the presence of the Lord we walk into the full majesty of all that He is, in the small of who we are.

small, chosen

For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God. (1 Corinthians 1:26-29)

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  • http://www.happygostuckey.com/ Cynthia Stuckey

    Love it!
    We are so small– but He is SO BIG and we are called and equipped by Him and not of ourselves. I’ve thought a lot about David lately. He was called by God, even anointed as King– and then went back to the field as a shepherd until it was God’s timing. God got him to the palace! And his time as a shepherd was absolutely as instrumental as his time as King.
    Thanks for writing!!!

    • http://kriscamealy.com/ Kris Camealy

      Cynthia–thank you for that beautiful perspective!! What a blessing your words are. XO

  • Kelly

    Thank you for your words this morning.

    “Not that it isn’t worthy, but that it isn’t enough, because it’s small.” I get this completely.

    But I’m so thankful for the reminder that God has called me to big things, and He gives us His whole, BIG presence.

    • http://kriscamealy.com/ Kris Camealy

      Amen, Kelly. Watching expectantly for all of Him.

  • Jen Daugherty

    Such an encouragement this morning…it’s so hard no to compare to what others are doing, but it’s more important to realize that God has a special plan for ME, and that it’s going to look different than what others are doing. But it’s still HIS plan! Thanks for the uplifting post!!

    • http://kriscamealy.com/ Kris Camealy

      Yes! Jen! He has a plan JUST for YOU!! Isn’t that glorious?! Praying with you as you watch and listen for His call.

  • http://www.sharppaynes.com/ Tresta Payne

    Beautiful, Kris. God shows up – all of Him, and we cannot contain such glory except that He enlarges us!

    • http://kriscamealy.com/ Kris Camealy

      Yes! Praise Him for His faithfulness, He withholds none of himself from His people.

  • Karrilee Aggett

    Yes, this: “Nothing He ordains is small by heaven’s perspective.”

    Praise God, this!

    • http://kriscamealy.com/ Kris Camealy

      It’s so often about perspective, isn’t it, Karrilee?! XO

  • SimplySaidMom

    Beautiful words Kris for todays FMF – glad you decided to join in again!! http://vintagehousewife.org/2014/02/21/five-minute-friday-small/

    • http://kriscamealy.com/ Kris Camealy

      Thanks for reading and encouraging!

  • Becky Daye

    There are no big people in God’s Kingdom- SO TRUE, Kris! No big people but a huge God! Your faithfulness is beautiful and I am so thankful for you.

    • http://kriscamealy.com/ Kris Camealy

      Thankful often for YOU, Becky!

  • http://wonderfully-made.net/ Katie @ Wonderfully Made

    Words I needed to read today. I’ve been struggling with feeling small. Thanks, Kris!

    • http://kriscamealy.com/ Kris Camealy

      Praying for you, Katie!

  • Julie Reynolds

    So true, I have struggled with these exact feelings each year as I plan our retreat. Thanks for always speaking words of truth, you speak so eloquently for my heart also.

    • http://kriscamealy.com/ Kris Camealy

      Bless you, Julie. Standing in the gap for you, and with you!! Love you! He WILL lead you!!

  • http://myfreshlybrewedlife.com/ Barbie

    I’ve been struggling in my smallness. Thank you for giving me a new perspective.

    • http://kriscamealy.com/ Kris Camealy

      So much love for you, Barbie. God uses you!

  • http://hastenhome.com/ Sheila Edeliant

    Excellent. There’s no junior version of the Holy Spirit – what a powerful thought to keep in mind!

    • http://kriscamealy.com/ Kris Camealy

      I can’t get over it, Sheila. Such a profound truth, right?!

  • soulstops

    Amen…so glad God’s Spirit spoke to you and encouraged you…and so proud of you for doing what God called you to do…although I can’t go, I am sure it will bless many because you are being obedient to what God called you to do…blessings to you :)

    • http://kriscamealy.com/ Kris Camealy

      Thank you Dolly for your blessings and kindness. You always encourage me. Praying thanksgiving for you! You serve Him beautifully.

  • Lisha Epperson

    “There’s no junior version of the Holy Spirit” – Amen and Indeed. He shows up in every soul-called offering. btw – Your daughter is just the cutest in that instagram pic.

    • http://kriscamealy.com/ Kris Camealy

      Awe, thanks, Lisha. She is a cutie. I am completely smitten with her. ;)