Being Small in a Big World
There are times in our lives when everything around us seems to be giant, while we sit by barely noticeable. We look at those around us and see what appears to be perfection in living while we are struggling with issues in our hearts. One glimpse of a news segment and we realize how small a piece of this world we truly are. The overwhelming feeling can be both positive and negative. When it is a positive feeling we are more thankful for what we have in our lives. When God answers one of your prayers in a way that is big in your life and you realize how small it is comparatively to the world, you have that positive wave of smallness. Yet, when life is crashing in around you in one or more ways, you can almost feel as though you are negligible. The urge to scream out, “I am here! I need help!” is ever pressing in your lungs with each breath you take. This negative feeling, while normal, is not healthy.
My son is a hockey player. To clarify he does not simply play hockey, he is a hockey player. It is one of the unique gifts God has coursing through his veins. He is not the best on his team in any area, but he does have a tremendous heart for the sport. Each coach he has had over the years has mentioned this to us. He struggles to be the best he can be, but he has a one big deficit; he is small. When I see him line up against opponents who are a foot or more taller than he is, I worry about his mental state. Does he know how small he is? Is he afraid? Is he prepared to overcome his physical difference and prevail? The answer is sometimes, but he continues to persevere despite his adversity.
There is no difference between my son and you. Do you know how small you are? Does it bother you? Are you afraid? Are you prepared to overcome and prevail? The answer is sometimes, but will you continue to persevere despite your adversities? As you spend more time strengthening your relationship with God and understand that God made you small for a purpose, the importance of this will shine through resulting in a more healthy mind. You are small for a purpose. God made you perfectly small. Every “large” person recorded in the Bible was brought back down to size by God for a purpose. Look at Abraham, David, Solomon, Job, Paul, even people who chose to denounce him like Herod and the Pharisees. They all climbed to a “great height.” Each had it in his mind that he was of great and indispensable importance in the world at some point throughout their lives, only to be made small again, as God intended. In Genesis 11 we even find people as group thinking they were “bigger” than life. It is important to note that they were not necessarily small to the world, but definitively a small part of His glorious purpose. Without the events that shaped these people’s lives we would not be able to see the importance of being small as part of a healthy mind for a purpose greater than our own.
Over time, the Holy Spirit will reveal more of your purpose. You may at times still feel afraid, uncertain, or ill prepared to overcome and prevail, but you will find that your mind’s thinking of you as small begins to diminish. You will see yourself as an important part of His bigger purpose. Just as my son has the heart to persevere in a sport where he is small, as a child of God your heartfelt desire to persevere as a small part of big purpose is of utmost importance. When you feel overwhelmed by your schedule, a deteriorating relationship, weariness in daily activities, put it at His feet. He will continue to transform you into the image of Christ and your smallness will not feel quite as much like a burden. You will feel more true joy through every adversity and your heart will be more open to fulfilling His purpose for you.
An integral part of leading a truly healthy life is promoting a healthy mind and spirit. A healthy spiritual mind is one that seeks a relationship with God and accepts that to prevail we must be small of stature while big in faith.
Verses for Meditation:
1 Corinthians 2:6-8
2 Corinthians 12:9-10