Big Things Start Out Small!

Updated on April 12, 2018
erical2473 profile image

Erica has been writing ever since she received her first journal. She is also an avid reader, which she believes aids her inspiration.

Something Stuck Out

Several years ago, I was at a bible study with some friends. A couple of us would teach on whatever God had placed on our hearts that evening and then we would end the night with prayer. Simple! Well, one night my friend prayed over me and the only thing I remember him saying during that prayer was, "God is telling you, 'Don't despise humble beginnings.' " That one line resonated so strongly with my heart that I knew it was something I had to pay attention to. That word was specifically for me, I just knew it! I did not, by the way, know that this was a scripture out of the bible at the time. Haha,I just thought it was some good advice. God will speak to you wherever you are at on your journey with Him.

Old Times, Same Word

Recently, God has been bringing Zechariah 4:10 back to my heart. I have a tendency to get ahead of myself when it comes to crossing items off of my list. If you don't learn to appreciate small beginnings, you won't easily appreciate large outcomes. While scripture is meant for everyone who's willing to receive from it, I believe this scripture in particular is for those task-oriented learners. The ones who can hardly focus on what's actually occurring because they're consumed with what's going to happen next. The ones who tend to overthink and so they don't quite allow themselves the time to just relax and really live in the moment. The ones who are perfectly content swimming in their thoughts and avoiding what others call reality because,well, their thoughts are their reality. In essence, I am this person, when left unchecked. I absolutely love people and spending time with them but when it comes down to it, I would rather read about someone going to a get together with a lot going on rather than actually go myself. I don't think that's a trait that's uncommon among writers. Anyway, when we tend to spend the majority of our time as daydreamers, it becomes very easy to allow ourselves to bypass the now in exchange for what we believe will happen then!! Are we only going to start praising God when we start seeing big answers in our life? It comes naturally to thank someone after they have done something for you. But it takes a little (sometimes a lot!) more effort to enjoy them right now for who they are right now.

A Humble King

One of my favorite stories in the Bible concerns that of Jehoshaphat. He was given some news that an army was coming up against him. Now the Bible does say that he feared this news (2 Chronicles 20:3), but his actions differed from that of most people. In the very same verse, it says he "...set himself to seek the Lord...." When he did that, he did receive an answer from God, but he still had to wait to see it come to pass in front of his eyes. But God told him he was going to win! So what did he do in the mean-time? Did he try to manipulate the system and get the answer on his own terms and in his own time? If he would've done that, both him and his army might have been killed. Instead, he chose to spend his waiting time praising God and getting others to praise God as well. Jehosaphat chose to surround himself with the presence of God on his way to see his big answer. Verse 22 blows my mind and reveals the power of praise. It says, "And WHEN they began to sing and praise, the Lord set ambushments against the children of Ammon, Moab, and mount Seir, which were come against Judah; and they were smitten" (emphasis mine).

Different Perspective- Small is Big

What appears to be small in our eyes can be a major thing to God. He knows what we will be doing in the future but that's not always what He's concerned with. He wants to know what you are going to do with what He has placed in your hands right now. He wants to know that you will praise Him with a joyful heart as Jehoshaphat did, even on your way to your big answer. He's asking if you'll be obedient in even the smallest of things so that God almighty Himself will be able to trust you with larger events when that time comes.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • erical2473 profile imageAUTHOR

      Erica Ligocki 

      8 months ago from Colorado

      Thank you! Yes, God had taught me from a young age that He has a much different perspective than our "natural" perspective.

    • erical2473 profile imageAUTHOR

      Erica Ligocki 

      8 months ago from Colorado

      Eric, I'm glad you liked it! Thank you!

    • celafoe profile image

      charlie 

      8 months ago from From Kingdom of God living on Planet earth in between the oceans

      good work. You understand, Trusting God means waiting upon the Lord for instructions from HIM

      and things that appear big to us are small to the Lord

    • Ericdierker profile image

      Eric Dierker 

      8 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I like it. Good perspective here. I will start something big today. But for today I will take it easy, one step at a time.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, letterpile.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://letterpile.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)