Speaking of small, insignificant, seemingly unimportant things... I was thinking about rocks. You know lifeless, motionless, plain old stones, pebbles....rocks. So insignificant that most of us don't notice them unless we HAVE to, like when they get caught in our shoe or pop up and crack our windshield on the Expressway! One chip can spider web and cause you to have to replace the entire windshield. Amazing how something so small can have such a huge impact! "But its just a stupid little rock!!!!!"
I wonder if that's what Goliath though when young David stood in from of him with his little stone? Did the disciples have any real understanding of what taking that first small step toward a life following Christ would mean for them down the road? Or did the soldier who drove the nail in Jesus hand pay any attention to the first small drop of blood? Small things....huge impact!
There's an old song that goes like this, "Ain't no rock, gonna cry in my place! As long as I'm alive to glorify His holy name". It's based on the following scripture:
When he (Jesus) came near the place where the road goes down the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of disciples began joyfully to praise God in loud voices for all the miracles they had seen: “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!” “Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!” Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples!” “I tell you,” Jesus replied, “if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.” Luke 19:37-40 (emphasis mine)
A small rock played a big part in ending a war between Israel and the Philistines and was what brought the mighty Goliath down! David's stone cried out "NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE FOR GOD!"
"So David triumphed over the Philistine with a sling and a stone; without a sword in his hand he struck down the Philistine and killed him." 1 Samuel 17:50 (emphasis mine)
What small thing is in your hands today? What little, seemingly insignificant, lifeless rock is just waiting to be used by you to have a huge impact on your world? Is it that $5 of change that floats around your purse that if deposited in a savings weekly could reap huge rewards down the road? Could it be that old clunker of yours that if given to a needy family could be the difference between keeping a job and losing it, while for you it's just collecting weeds? What about the phone call you are always too busy to make or the one snack that you could cut back on? You just never know the impact the "rocks" in your life hold. Surrender them to God. Use them wisely. YOU have more power than you think to change the world around you.
Take one thing today and surrender it to God Decide you are no longer gong to de-value what could very well be the key to your future. I challenge you with this list of ideas:
- Ask someone for help. Maybe this time the help will work!
- Take that walk, even if it's only once a week. It's a start!
- Say "hi" to the office weirdo :) They could end up being your best friend
- Put that cigarette down....20 times if you have to until you don't pick it up again.
- Give that hug...yes, they'll think you are weird, but think the of spider web effect...small step, huge impact
- Let go of that job that is destroying your family
- Say good bye to that toxic relationship....it will open you up for a healthy one
- Come home an hour early and take your kids outside....one small hour, one huge impact on your kids heart
- Write that check, someone may need it more than you
- Read your Bible/Go to church. I promise the roof won't collapse and you might actually find hope, love and peace.
I wonder what lifeless, motionless thing you have in your hand that could knock the wind out of the giant that is attacking someone elses life? OK, so your marriage failed. Could you use your wisdom to help other marriages stay together? OK, so you have children from 2 different fathers? Could you start volunteering to teach young women to not do the same? OK, you only have a GED. Could you sign up for one class and show your kids it's never too late to take back your life? So maybe you broke the law and now have a record. Could you do alot of "right" things and build a NEW record? What you do with the rocks in your life is all up to you!
All you have is all you have, right? But all you have, once entrusted to God becomes alot.
I'll end with this quote I posted on Facebook:
Anyone can tell how many seeds are in an apple, but only God can tell how many apples are in one seed.~ Unknown
Never underestimate the power of one small rock, one step of faith, one act of generosity, one word of kindness, or one small person fully surrendered to God. In God's hands what may seem insignificant, may really be a force to be reckoned with. Just ask Goliath about David and that little ole slingshot of his!