I may possibly have rolled my eyes a teensy bit as I glanced at the 3×5 card from my pocket:
“Sing praise to the Lord for He has done gloriously. Let this be made known in all the earth,” Isaiah 12:5.
It’s not that I disbelieve the first clause; no, it’s the scope of the second clause that triggered the response. However, today, pushing a lawnmower, hair like Medusa in a wild autumn breeze, my eye-rolling response went immediately into auto-correct, because I had already turned the final page of Every Little Thing by Deidra Riggs, and her words were still singing quietly under the injunction of that ancient prophet. The truth is that I am a small-platform kind of person, and if I want to make something known even “in all the house,” I’d better say it at the dinner table on an evening when everyone is home — and then hope that everyone was listening! It’s easy to feel insignificant, even obsolete, but I am learning that God has a different message to share:
“Most of us will make a difference in this world, but not because of some grand or large-scale initiative. No, most of us will change our corner of the world and make an impact that stands the test of time through the small and seemingly insignificant [to us] interactions and decisions and conversations of our average days. We make a difference where we live, and incrementally, that place begins to shift.”
What a relief to be reminded that my sandwich-making, mini-van driving, vegetable canning days are not inconsequential. In our culture of “go big or go home,” it is a gift to hear that faithfulness to God’s daily assignments in a particular time and place can make breathtaking changes — first of all, in me.
A skilled story teller, Deidra starts us out in her little yellow childhood home on Sycamore Avenue or soaring over the earth in a stylish parachute, but before we know it, we’re in New Testament era Palestine, witnessing a close call with an impromptu execution. The strands of a tale twine like DNA, infusing the life of a lesson into the weaving, and straightening out the crooked fibers of the lies that we tell ourselves:
- We feel small when we focus on our sin and forget grace. Instead of helplessly watching the parade as your record of wrongs struts itself before your eyes, claim the truth from Romans 8:1! No condemnation!
- We feel small when fear stops serving us and starts controlling us. Every Little Thing unfolds the road map revealing that “trust is the pathway through fear.”
I suspect that the reason Deidra’s words resonate with encouragement is that her high view of God translates into a high view of His people:
“The voice of God breaks through the chaos, and the excellency of the power is of God and not of us, and it is so magnificent that it slips through and into the very fiber of our beings so that we have to still our hearts and catch our breath and trust that light scatters the darkness every time.”
Every Little Thing trumpets the power of the timeless Gospel. We add nothing to it by all our goodness, and we take nothing away from it in all our brokenness.
Visit Deidra’s blog, Jumping Tandem, and read more about Every Little Thing, as well as a wealth of other encouraging words.
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