Matthew 13:31-32, 31He told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. 32Though it is the smallest of all seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds come and perch in its branches. (NIV)
Every time I read this parable, I thought Jesus was talking about faith. But I re-read it the other day, and I realized that it can also apply to the significance of small beginnings.
In his radio show Intentional Living, Dr. Randy Carlson often talks about the “power of one thing”. What he basically means by “one thing” is that making small changes can add up to big differences in our lives, relationships and goals, as well as in the lives of others.
I’ve been experiencing this concept lately (thank God!) This year has been very hard for me and my family. My mom was diagnosed with breast cancer, had a mastectomy and has been going through chemo since early in the year. The shock and fear of her diagnosis, compounded by some other family issues, threw me for a complete loop. I battled hopelessness and depression like I hadn’t in a long time. I kept getting sick. And, worst of all, I felt very disconnected from the Lord.
But bit by bit our faithful Lord has been restoring my faith, my health, my peace and my joy. I’ve seen small steps turn into big changes in my own life and, oh, it feels so good to be able to live – to really live – the way I believe God has intended for me to.
Making even a small change in our physical or spiritual lives may at first feel overwhelming, even a waste of precious time and energy. But we should not lose hope and keep at it, trusting that he who began a good work in [us] will carry it on to completion. (Philippians 1:6, NIV)
Zechariah 4:10, Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin. (NLT)