Cutting grass for a woman whose husband is in the hospital for heart surgery.
Trimming is a seemingly small task in cutting the lawn. It takes a relatively short amount of time, and may seem like an insignificant or optional part to the process. But even though it may seem insignificant, it makes a difference.
The LORD says in Zechariah,
"Moreover the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, the hands of Zerubbabel have laid the foundation of this house; his hands shall also finish it; and thou shalt know that the LORD of hosts hath sent me unto you. For who hath despised the day of small things? For they shall rejoice, and shall see the plummet in the hand of Zerubbabel with those seven; they are the eyes of The LORD, which run to and fro through the whole earth." [Zech 4:8-10]
Notice the phrase, “for who hath despised the day of small things?” The LORD promises that Zerubbabel will finish the temple building, and this would be accomplished, God says, “not by might, nor by power, but by [His] Spirit.” The LORD encourages Zerubbabel to not despise the seemingly insignificant days, the monotonous days. Building the temple happens day by day, and each day won’t be a grand display or exciting, so he shouldn’t despise the day of small things, because eventually the people will rejoice and see the plummet (a tool used in building) in Zerubbabel’s hand along with The Holy Spirit (the seven eyes of The LORD – See Rev 5:6). Eventually, there will be great rejoicing when Zerubbabel finishes the temple through God’s strengthening power and aid.
The LORD is conveying to us that The Holy Spirit is at work in our daily lives, even in the supposedly “day of small things.” Though there be many monotonous days, or seemingly small and insignificant things, each day and each decision we make is important. Our lives are predominantly made up of small decisions, not big ones: those small things often matter the most. Take, for example, when Jesus healed a certain blind man, who was blind from birth,
"When he had thus spoken, he spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and he anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay, And said unto him, Go, wash in the pool of Siloam, (which is by interpretation, Sent.) He went his way therefore, and washed, and came seeing." [Jn 9:6-7]
Jesus used the most common thing to heal a blind man: dirt. Dirt is everywhere, there’s nothing very special about it. But what made it supernatural, was that Jesus involved Himself in the situation and used the dirt. In a similar way, Jesus can use the “dirt” of our lives: those things which are so common or seemingly mediocre that we often write them off as useless. But if we come to Jesus in faith, He can use anything, and He can use any day, even the smallest, even the most mundane.
Let us take heart in these small things/days because Jesus says, “He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much.” [Lk 16:10]
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