by Trey Campbell, firstname.lastname@example.org
The little things. It’s funny how God puts little things in our everyday life to reminds us of Him and his undying love for us through His son Jesus.
A lone nail lies on the road. To some it may be a road hazard. To others, it may be God’s reminder that Jesus died for our sins and as humans, we sin all the time. Through the crucifixion, Jesus gave us eternal salvation. For this moment, the nail in the road is a symbol of the ultimate leader who did not fall on his sword for his cause, but was violently beaten, mocked and nailed to a cross of wood to die a slow, agonizing death. He bled until there was no more blood, but water pouring from his wounds.
The nail is a reminder of the sacrifice we must sometimes make for the good of everyone else – as Jesus did. Sometimes you have to do things you just don’t want to. And all the time, we should pay attention to the little things. It’s the little things in life we often miss because we are seeking out the big things. When in reality, it’s the little things that may matter more. Like the reminder of the nail.
Here is another illustration Jesus used:
“The Kingdom of Heaven is like the mustard seed planted in a field. It is the smallest of all seeds, but it becomes the largest of garden plants; it grows into a tree, and birds come and make nests in its branches.”
Jesus makes the point that the small mustard seed – the smallest of seeds – actually becomes a tree. The little mustard seed could easily be lost among other, larger garden seeds. From it, however, comes one of the largest plants. Just like that nail in the road, we should look for the little things that remind us of our purpose, keep us on track and keep us grounded.
Seek the detail… so the intention won’t be overlooked.
One more example: the beauty of a sunset far outweighs the annoyance of being blinded by the sun. The key is to look around at the beauty that lets you know how magnificent God is.
Daily Prayer: Ask God to help you see past your clouded view and focus on the little things that really matter versus magnifying the big things that don’t really matter.