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small things

My attention has been brought to small things… their importance… my ingratitude of…

Do not disdain the small.
—Ann Voskamp, One Thousand Gifts

I read it yesterday… knew the Book that these words reference… searched out the verse…

Who despises the day of small things? Men will rejoice when they see the plumb line in the hand of Zerubbabel. …”
Zechariah 4:10 
(my emphasis)
Zerubbabel… a descendant of David’s royal line… among the first to return to Jerusalem after exile to Babylon… worked to rebuild the altar… Zechariah credits him with laying the foundation of the temple… the one whose hands completed the work… A great work… the beginning sign… a small thing… a plumb line… 
Today… in my reading… another small thing…

Once again, we misunderstand the significance of our own sin. Adam and Eve probably said to themselves as they bit down on the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, It’s just a small thing. What harm can it do? We are not hurting anyone as far as we can see.
Dan Allender & Temper Longman III, Intimate Allies

 A small sin…? There is no such thing… could this be… an insight needed… to clear the way… for drawing near…?

Small things…

Great things… both good… and evil… begin with the small…

I think back… years ago… to the beginning of a new call… a call that brought joy… an unbelievable call… Stepping out in faith… diligently pursuing… small successes… small signs of God’s use…

But lately… the call seems… I don’t know… futile…? … nothing really to show for all the years… just small things…

This reminder…. Who despises the day of small things? apparently… I do… forgetting… God works little by little makes way for possession of the great… with small things…

Today… I give thanks for the small… reminders… successes…

Today… I will not disdain the small… sins… blessings…

Today… I take hold of a now old call… with a new attitude…

Lord… forgive my ingratitude… my blindness… to the importance of… small things… Thank You… for Your patient reminder… Your grace… Your love…

How do you receive the small…?
with thanks…?
with indifference…?
with disdain…?
Is there something small… a call… a gift… you need to see in a new light…?

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