Terry R Baughman is Lead Pastor for LifeChurch in Gilbert, AZ. See his complete bio at trbaughman.com
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Celebrating Small Things
REFOCUS, RENEWAL, AND CELEBRATION
Terry R. Baughman
“Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you …?” (Matthew 6:28-30).
Are there any small miracles? Really, if it qualifies as a miracle it is no small thing! Any event that is supernatural, unexplainable, and undeniably an answer to prayer or a demonstration of Divine intervention we call it a miracle. All such events are a witness to the power of God working in our lives.
Sometimes people are almost apologetic for celebrating something perceived to be insignificant. They shrug and say, “It’s just a small thing,” as if to minimize the miraculous element. However, if it is important to you it is significant to God. If it is a big thing in your life, then it is a great miracle regardless of how minor it seems.
When we face an impossible situation only a miracle can turn things around to make a solution possible. An incurable ailment, while it might not be life-threatening, becomes a condition that requires a supernatural healing. Depression or oppressive influences in our lives compel us to seek deliverance from God alone. The overwhelming power of sin bring a staggering weight upon a life that can only be lifted by a spiritual antidote, the power of Jesus Christ to break the bondage of sin and the gift of the Holy Spirit to transform and renew us into His image. This is the greatest miracle of all and certainly no small thing!
Take notice of the work of God in our daily lives. From the beauty of a sunrise to the glorious hues of color in a sunset, from the first breath of a new day to the last sigh of weariness from a long day’s work, from the simple relief found in a whispered prayer to the news of cancer’s remission, any miracle is a moment to rejoice. Praise God for each blessing, every answered prayer, and any positive report you receive throughout the day. Nothing is too small to warrant thanksgiving and exaltation of our great God.
Scripture illustrates God’s care for the insignificant. He knows the number of hairs on our head (even if it’s a diminishing number). He takes note of the sparrow that falls and attends to the flowers of the field. He makes all things beautiful and is aware of all alterations in nature. Nothing happens without His notice and there is no change of His creation that He doesn’t observe and document. (See Matthew 6:25–34 and Luke 12:22–31. Also, see Matthew 10:29–30 and Luke 12:6–7.)
We often focus on the greatness of God. As Jeremiah exclaimed, “Ah, Lord God! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and outstretched arm. There is nothing too hard for You” (Jeremiah 32:17). However, His greatness also extends to the minutia. It not just the big stuff of which God is in control, but every little thing. Nothing is beyond His reach our outside of His care.
God is with us and He is working through us to perform His good pleasure. So, while we should continue praising Him for the great things, let us also celebrate the small things … everything He is doing!
“I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:14).