Wednesday, September 14, 2011

"little is BIG when God is in it..."

I want to do big things for God!  I want to see things happen today... Significant things!

I'm guessing I'm not alone.  Yet I wonder if in all our looking for something big we miss the seismic rumbling of God at work going on around us, changing everything.  I'm reminded of Bethlehem on the night Jesus was born.  Most everyone missed it!  As the people gathered complaining about the oppression of Rome, hoping a deliverer would come to free them from the tyranny of Rome, there in a stable the Savior of the world was taking his first breath. 

I don't want to miss what God is doing!  I don't want to miss the ways God is working, big ways that at the outset may not look big, but in reality are huge.  I'm reminded of the story of Elijah on Mount Carmel.  There's no getting around that HUGE story... but I'm thinking of something later where Elijah has fled for his life to the mountain of God.

Here the "LORD said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the LORD, for the LORD is about to pass by.”  Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the LORD, but the LORD was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake came a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper. When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave.  (1 Ki 19:11–13). TNIV

I'm challenging myself to look for God at work in the small things. In the conversations, the appointments, the chance encounters I have today.  As I speak with the butcher, the newsagent, the GARDA(police) the barista...  Lord help me to recognize the rumblings of your Spirit at work.  Help me to not miss YOU, or the opportunities YOU provide.

Remember, “The coming of the kingdom of God is not something that can be observed, nor will people say, ‘Here it is,’ or ‘There it is,’ because the kingdom of God is in your midst.” (Lk 17:20–21).