The Day of Small Things

Who despises the day of small things?
Zechariah 4:10

Do you despise days that are full of small diapers and small Cheerios all over the floor?
Days that are big on small tantrums and small disobedience.
Do you despise the days of small chores like laundry and dishes and small toilet-misses?
Of wiping small faces and blowing small noses, and cleaning between tiny fingers and toes-es.
(Ha! Can you tell I read too much Dr. Seuss?)
How ’bout reading small books hundreds of times or singing “clean-up” songs and other dumb rhymes?
Do you despise small shoes and small socks that can’t find their way to the shoe and sock box?
(thank you, thank you…I’ll be here all week.)

Most of my days are filled with these things.  Things that are so small and so unimportant.

Sweeping Cheerios and changing diapers didn’t show up on my career aptitude test.
Shouldn’t I be out changing the world by now? Shouldn’t I have finished my best-seller and made it to Hollywood on American Idol?

We’re all too busy with small things.  Small things that suck the time and energy out of our big ideas and big plans.

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It’s a struggle for many women and I’ve heard it from a lot of young moms lately.  It’s hard to do backbreaking, sleep-depriving work for no pay, and often little-to-no thanks.  It’s tough to persevere when the problems are repetitive and the results are often years away.

It’s hard to have enthusiasm and joy for your life’s purpose when you feel like you’ve been called to ‘small things’.

But you see, that’s when the Word of God, right on cue, can show up and absolutely rock your world (and even your bad attitude).  I guess that’s why the writer of Hebrews calls it “alive and active.”

Who despises the day of small things?
Zechariah 4:10

So here’s the deal…back around the year 520 BC God’s people resumed the building of Solomon’s temple that was destroyed during Jerusalem’s fall.  As construction continued, some of the older Jews realized that the new temple’s size and splendor wouldn’t match that of the original temple and thus they were disappointed.  The prophets Haggai and Zechariah both tried to give the people an attitude adjustment.

Who of you is left who saw this house (temple) in its former glory?  How does it look to you now?  Does it not seem to you like nothing?… This is what the Lord Almighty says: ‘In a little while I will once more shake the heavens and the earth, the sea and the dry land.  I will shake all nations, and the desired of all nations will come, and I will fill this house with glory…The silver is mine and the gold is mine…The glory of this present house will be greater than the glory of the former house…And in this place I will grant peace declares the Lord Almighty.’
Haggai 2:3-9

What they didn’t know is that 500 years later Jesus, “the desired of all nations”, would walk in that very temple.  His presence within those walls would make up for and far exceed the glory of Solomon’s temple.

Are you despising the days of small things?
Your small tasks and responsibilities, your small chores and small routine?

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I was reminded this week…if I am a mom, then I’m called to be a mom.
You shouldn’t be confused about your calling in life.  And we shouldn’t despise the parts of our calling that seem small.

How can we know how God plans to fill our ‘small things’ with His glory?
Can we know His mind or judge the details of His plan?

Be faithful in the ‘small things’ that you have been given to do.  You can’t imagine how each small task and chore is being woven together into the beautiful tapestry of God’s perfect plan for your family.

Answer each small calling with joy and expectation.
You are not called to produce results, you are called to obedience.

Small bricks laid by patient hands build glorious temples.

 

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