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.

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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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27 thoughts on “Small

  1. 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!!!

  2. 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.

  3. 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!!

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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 🙂

  7. “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.

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