Seeds growing. Learning to use a Mac. Growing in faith. Understanding another person’s love language. Hearts mending. Fixing up a house.
These things take time. And our eternal God has a lot of it compared to us mortals. So take an inventory of how God has worked in your life so far.
More by spoonfuls than truckloads, right? Little change.
More by the 10,000 small moments you experienced, small decisions you made, and small promises you believed than by the magnanimous, life altering drama. Even if tragedy struck you, or you got married or moved or made a baby, that drama is encompassed in the thousands of little things.
Moses saw the burning bush and led 2 million people to the promised land, but only after the small moments like his mother repeatedly whispering in his ear the promises of the Lord.
David conquered Goliath, but only after the small moments like knocking a lizard off of a log with his slingshot, and then a coyote, and then a lion and a bear—small change compared to a pagan giant mocking God.
You might be missing God’s whisper if you’re waiting for his thunder. You might be scared of the giant because you haven’t dealt with the lizard.
Let’s say to our God, like Moses, “Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom … Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love, that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days” (Psalm 90:12,14). That sounds a lot more like God’s constant dripping of grace than a mountain top experience, doesn’t it?
God’s work in your life is much more like compounding interest than winning the lottery. An investment.
I make most purchases with cash, but don’t like dealing with coins jostling around in my pockets. So I don’t carry around spare change. When I get home from the store, I empty out my change into a “change cup” in my drawer. Every couple months, that cup gets full and my wife takes them to the bank. I’m always surprised by how much money all that little change makes!
Rejoice in the big work of all the little blessings and changes God works in your life!
PRAYER: Dear Jesus, you promised that faith as small as a seed is powerful enough to move a mountain. Inspire my faith to believe in the value of little changes in my spiritual life that will make a big difference. Amen.
FURTHER MEDITATION: Meditate on Psalm 90 today. It’s 17 verses. Read a verse, reflect for a few seconds, and then say a short prayer based on that verse, using our PRAY acronym. Let that verse inspire you to Praise God, to Repent in confession over a sin, to Ask God for something related to that verse, or to Yield to his work in faith. 17 verses with reflection and short prayers should take less than 17 minutes. Ready … go!