Savor the Small Stuff too?

Foundation for a new house

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Recent sports headlines:

“Blackhawk rookies have much to savor in victory over Sabres.”

“Patriots savor victory a little longer.”  (Obviously before the Super Bowl!)

“Nets can savor this victory over Pistons.”

The other day I walked out the back door, didn’t foresee any great victories ahead like those in the headlines, but savored the day ahead anyway. Taking a phrase from Zechariah 4:10, I looked forward to a “day of small things.”

Then he (an angel) said to me (Zechariah), “This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel: Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the LORD of hosts. Who are you, O great mountain? Before Zerubbabel you shall become a plain. And he shall bring forward the top stone amid shouts of ‘Grace, grace to it!'”  Then the word of the LORD came to me, saying, “The hands of Zerubbabel have laid the foundation of this house; his hands shall also complete it. Then you will know that the LORD of hosts has sent me to you. For whoever has despised the day of small things shall rejoice, and shall see the plumb line in the hand of Zerubbabel.” Zechariah 4:6-10

This passage refers to the time after the Israelites returned to Jerusalem from exile in Babylon. The foundation of the second Temple had been laid, but rather than rejoicing, many of the people were discouraged because it was smaller than Solomon’s Temple (which was destroyed during the exile). Those discouraged ones were despising the day of small things.

However, God, in effect, said, “This is just the beginning. Stand back and watch!”- telling them the Temple would be completed and would be the House of God. The Lord had appointed Zerubbabel to lead the construction, and, with the Lord’s strength and help, he laid the foundation. Moreover, the victory would come and there would be rejoicing when Zerubbabel lined it up and set the top stone in place.

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            The victories in the sports headlines came from many days of small things: Days of practice, running, weightlifting, and sitting there studying their opponent’s strengths and weaknesses.

Our lives are also filled with days of small things. But, the exciting part can be that we don’t know which of those are the beginnings of victories. We buy seeds and plant a garden. We hold a musical instrument, hammer, or crochet hook for the first time. We meet a new friend. As a writer, we read a Scripture verse, hear a phrase or see something that gives us an idea. With God’s strength and help, these all may lead to victories.

As with Zerubbabel and the rebuilding of the Temple, God often uses small things as the beginnings of His victories: The strings and stakes are laid out for the foundation of a new church. A thought burdens your heart that you should help with a particular ministry, or assist a family in need. An unbelieving friend or relative asks you a sincere question about Jesus. (Think of your own examples to add to this list.)

We can, and should, savor the victories God gives us (and remember all victories are from Him). Nevertheless, a day of small things should be savored too (and not despised); we need to stand back and watch, because we don’t know what great works God has begun that day.

And he (Jesus) said, “With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable shall we use for it? It is like a grain of mustard seed, which, when sown on the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth, yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes larger than all the garden plants and puts out large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade.” Mark 4:30-32 ESV

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This post is part of the Christian Writers blog chain. Our theme for this month is “Savor”. Please see the list to the right and visit my friends’ blogs to see what they have to say about this topic.

41 thoughts on “Savor the Small Stuff too?

  1. Savoring the small things is something we need to remind ourselves of often. At least I do. Sometimes my eyes are too forward on the large goals and I miss the small stuff that makes life… life.

  2. I really, really enjoyed this Bill. Beautifully written and filled with such truth. I love to think about how God can take all the small things–train us up like those athletes–and do something great.

    You’ve reminded me that even those small things are important in the long run so they’re good to savor.

    Thank you!

  3. Bingo! You scored with that one. Too often, in pursuit of the big things, we lose appreciation for those small things. Yet the pattern God set for us throughout creation is that the big only comes through the small; without the latter, you’ll never get the former. The more you savor the steps, the better the taste of victory at the end.

    Great post!

  4. Excellent, encouraging post, Bill. We all need that reminder that even the biggest things start small. Maybe someone needs to bring back the “mustard seed faith” jewelry that was so popular in Christian circles years ago; we could all use that visual aid to keep our spiritual eyes attuned to what God is doing in those days of small things. 🙂

  5. Thank you Bill for reminding us that everything begins with the Word of God. He is the builder and we just have to be willing to take the first step! The mighty oak begins with a small acorn. Sorry I was late to the party- but I will savor this all day!

  6. Good encouragement here Bill. Thanks for reminding us to savour the small stuff. I’ve been working on a long horrible project at work most of this year, and I’m learning that I must stop to celebrate each small victory, before I click the next button and find the next big problem.

  7. Bill, excellent post, and a good reaffirmation and reminder that we should savor the moments, good and bad, because it gives God room to work! 🙂 What a blessing to be able to show God’s faithfulness before, during, and after we are victorious over the wilderness.

    (sorry I’m late. I went into social hibernation this weekend to recharge myself.)

  8. To savor the small things…it’s where I live my life. Seeking beauty in the small, God in every breath. Where I struggle is in seeing the bigger picture, stepping away from the little to grasp a wider perspective. Loved this post, Bill!

  9. Great post. I agree with Cindee in that sometimes it’s also hard to see the bigger picture…until God points it out and suddenly all those “little steps” add up to one big victory.

  10. This was awesome, Bill. It does start with the small things.

    Sorry I’m late this month. I had a lot of those little things going on. 😉

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