This week I had the opportunity to spend a little extra time with my daughter and her children. I have several sweet memories of this time - like when the baby (she is 14 mos. old) walked up to me, lifted her hands to be held, and then gave me a huge hug; or when my 3 year old granddaughter so proudly showed her bedroom that she had cleaned up all by herself because her mommy told her that Grammie would like to see her bedroom all clean; or when my 5 year old grandson gave me a big hug and kiss and then said, "Grammie, you'll always be my best friend." These are perhaps little things, but they sure made my day, and they continue to warm my heart, and put a smile on my face as I recall them.
I have been pondering about how sometimes it is the little things that people do or say that make us feel special, or make a difference in our lives. I remember receiving a call from my husband's grandmother the day I prayed to receive the Lord as my Saviour; she was terminally ill with pancreatic cancer but she called to say that she felt pretty well that day, so she went shopping and bought me a Bible! A little thing perhaps to some, but it meant so much to me to know that on the day I was saved, the Lord used my dying grandmother to buy me a Bible. I remember another day, on my birthday - I had received many nice gifts and flowers, but our home was being remodeled so I decided that the flowers were better suited to remain in my office - I told the Lord how much I appreciated the flowers, and mentioned that it would be perfect if I would get maybe a small vase with a single flower to take home; when I returned from my lunch break, there sitting on my desk was a vase with a single rose! Again, it was a small thing, but it meant so much to me that God would take the time to have someone get me a single rose simply because I had mentioned it was something I would like to receive...amazing.
Sometimes we expect our answers and blessings to be the BIG things, and of course they are great, but in reality sometimes it is the little things that show us just how much we are loved - when we realize that God is concerned enough to even pay attention to the small things. In I Kings 19:12, Elijah was looking for an answer from God because he felt that he was the only one left standing up for God; he was looking to find God in extreme circumstances but look at what God showed him... "And after the earthquake a fire; but the LORD was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice." When Elijah was looking for an answer, God simply spoke to him; it was the still, small voice - not extravagant, just a still, small voice.
Want to be a blessing to someone but think you can't do anything big enough? No worries - sometimes it’s the little things that let people know you really care. If God impresses something on your heart to do for someone - any little thing, go ahead and do it- because sometimes it is the little things that make the difference. Remember little is much when God is in it!
Have a wonderful day!