Bob Mayo, Stonepoint Member
I don’t know about you, but I have been impressed for many years about the magnitude of God. There are many places is the Bible that talk about this, but one of my favorites is Isaiah 66:1, “Thus says the LORD: Heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool; what is the house that you would build for me, and what is the place of my rest? All these things my hand has made, and so all these things came to be, declarers the LORD.” Think about this!! God, does not need us. He created everything, controls everything, He is eternal, He knows everything, He can be everywhere at once (try that Superman). We can study and search for for God and never really come to know His magnitude. I could go on and on, but I think you get the point. Being a great God, I sometime wonder why he even bothers with us. But He does!! So…I hope we are clear that our God is BIG!
But there is another part to the Isaiah verse I quoted above. It’s the very next verse, Isaiah 66:2, “But this is the one to whom I will look. He who is humble and contrite in spirit and trembles at my word.” I have a hard time believing this love, that God would look down on people like us. Not just look down, but actually intervene in our lives for our good. If we think about it, there are probably a many little things that God does that in our lives that we don’t even think about. I’d like to share about one that happened to me recently.
I was working at the ministry, and it was a pretty routine day. Maybe it’s just me, but I find it hard, at times, to believe that doing what I do really makes a difference. I feel removed from the mission field that I came here to serve and my main interaction is with my computer. Just to make it clear, I know down deep in my heart that what God has called me here for is making a difference in eternity. But still, there are these times. But this day, I was feeling pretty discouraged and just thinking of myself. I did make a quick prayer to the Lord that I wish He would show me, even some small thing, that would encourage my heart.
So, here I am on this particular day, keeping my computer company and a bit discouraged. Suddenly late in the afternoon an email pops up on my screen and I immediately recognize it as coming from one of our key leaders. I couldn’t imagine why he would be emailing me as, except for a few brief chats in the hallway, we really have no interaction. I opened the mail and read the following, “I have had a desire to write you a poem today. I’m not sure why, but after I made my first attempt (which I threw away), I couldn’t shake the thought to do it. So here goes. I mean the words from my heart. I type them rather than write them because it’s easier to think while typing for some reason.”
Following that short statement, was the poem. I don’t think I will share it with you for concern of embarrassing this brother. But I can tell you he talked about parts of my life here, some recent, some from the past. He mentioned me being faithful and taking a low place in my life with the Lord, he mentioned watching me from a distance while I cared for my wife until her death. He mentioned seeing me in one of our small meeting rooms during my lunch hour reading and studying the word. In the last stanza, he just wrote some words of encouragement and how he wanted to be more like what he was talking about. I can’t adequately tell you how much this little poem met for me that day.
I thought about this and realized that our God cares about the small things in our lives. So, here is me, sitting around feeling sorry for myself. That happens quite often. So, I make a short prayer and then soon after I find myself reading that my friend had “a desire to write me…. but he was not sure why.” Over the years I have come to realize that our lives are not one of a series of coincidences, but they are a series of God’s intervention in our lives, even in the smallest or insignificant ways. Does this kind of thing happen to me every time I get discouraged? No, but it happens enough that I know that it is a small gift from God.
So I hope this little story is that it will be an encouragement to you. About the only lesson I can think of for this post today is that we need to trust God’s work in our lives, even when we don’t understand it or it is unpleasant. Nothing can separate us from His love (Romans 8:38-39).
My last lesson, is really a suggestion. Maybe today, if you read this, you could encourage someone in a similar way. I will confess, I don’t do it enough. Some of God’s people, like me, don’t feel that we make a great impact for God. But remember that no small kindness or act of love goes unnoticed by God. One day, perhaps, we will see what affect our lives have had on people. It could be as simple as taking out the garbage for your spouse, or praying with them. It could be just getting a cup of coffee for someone. Remember, we have a BIG God who does little things for us. God bless you!