Ain’t No Big Thing

I remember a necklace my Mom used to have when I was a kid. There was something called a ‘drop’ on a silver chain of sorts. The drop was a clear material of some kind a little smaller than a marble. Suspended in the middle, as if floating, was a tiny mustard seed. I don’t remember if she ever explained the mustard seed’s meaning but I have learned about it over time. I thought about that mustard seed recently while inspecting the clusters of blossoms on the vines. Each blossom is about the size of a grain of mustard seed. I thought about the significance of small things in God’s economy and the relative ease with which I can discount them as if to say, ‘It ain’t no big thing.’ One small encouraging word that might have had huge consequence if I had spoken it. One little act of kindness paid forward that could lead to a changed day; a changed life. One second to pause and whisper a simple prayer that could birth a miracle. I thought of the wisdom of Scripture: “Whoever is faithful with little shall be given more.” “In as mush as you have done it to the least…” “Do not despise the day of small beginnings” to mention a few. Jesus said if you have “faith the size of a grain of mustard, you shall say to a mountain: ‘be removed into the sea’ and it shall be done.” A  friend once skeptically asked me if I really believed that. It’s not about what the mountain does. It’s about the power and significance of what you do with a little,  the small,  the least. In the words of the dwarfed green Jedi master: “Judge me by my size do you? And well you should not!”

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