DayBreaks for 07/29/11 – It’s the Little Things
The smallest family will become a thousand people, and the tiniest group will become a mighty nation. At the right time, I, the LORD, will make it happen. – Isaiah 60:22
You may not recall, but once upon a time not so very long ago, the United State’s Space Shuttle program was grounded for weeks due to cracks in a fuel line. And that’s not all: remember that bit about the tiny rubber o-ring that was just 3/10ths of an inch wide? Such a tiny component on something the size of the space shuttle and booster rockets used to hurl it into space would seem insignificant – not impressive at all.
And yet 20 years ago two of those rings were placed in the aft field joint of the SRB (Solid Rocket Booster) to stop gases from escaping. No one knows for sure if it was the unusually cold weather on launch morning, a contaminate that was introduced into the zinc putty used on the o-rings, any of a variety of possible compression problems, or some human error that was injected during the manufacturing process, but those two little o-rings failed to do what they were designed to do, and the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded before a horrified watching world, 73 seconds into her flight, killing all seven aboard.
We are so easily impressed with big things because they’re so BIG and it’s hard to miss them. Their very size and scope see to yell, “Look at me!” But in truth, it’s the little things that usually make the biggest difference. A tiny virus that is much smaller than the size of a pin head can kill. Heart valves no larger than a man’s thumbnail and put one in the grave if they don’t function properly. A single vote can turn an entire election. One little word from a loved one can ruin a relationship. The tiny atom has explosive potential. Little things have tremendous power. Matthew 13 records the story Jesus told about the smallest thing His audience could identify with–a mustard seed, and then related it to our faith.
If your faith weak, small and fragile right now? Do the things you do for Him seem to be invisible and insignificant? Just as one word can ruin a relationship, a single word can bring about ever-lasting life: Jesus.
PRAYER: Help us, Lord, to trust in the value of small things that are put under your control. Help us not to be enamored of big, flashy and glorious works done in your name, but to be faithful in the small things. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Copyright 2011 by Galen C. Dalrymple.
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