The Little Things
“Don’t sweat the little things” we hear often. I’d like to add to it, “but don’t minimize the little things.”
Throughout this season of transition in my life, there have been a lot of “little” things that have happened along the way. Looking back, it was these seemingly little things that kept me going, fueled my hope, and increased my faith that God was, in fact, keeping His promises.
Looking back, it was these seemingly little things that kept me going, fueled my hope, and increased my faith that God was, in fact, keeping His promises.
One little thing God did was speak through a friend of mine. I hadn’t yet shared with her any of what God was planting inside of me – I hadn’t mentioned that the Holy Spirit was preparing me for some kind of life transition. Despite my silence, the Lord had given her a word that I was in a season of transition, and along with the word, He had given her a picture of me in a kid’s ball pit (Throwback to the Chuck E. Cheese Days!).
She said, “I saw you in one of those huge ball pits we used to play in as kids. You were trudging through it, trying to reach the edge. Then I saw the Lord reach His hand in for you and when He grabbed your hand, I saw the word ‘HOPE.’ What I got is that God is pulling you out of a season where you feel stuck, but also renewing your hope.”
Fast forward to me, months after receiving this word from my dear friend, frustrated and more than ready to throw in the towel. I found myself remembering what God had said to me, but unable to decipher quite what my life was supposed to look like in light of this uncertain and looming transition. My exasperation manifested into crying (twice) at work that day. And then I found the journal entry where I had referenced the prophetic words of my friend. This “little thing” kept me going and brought hope to my weary heart. Little Thing #1.
Little Thing #2 consisted of a lot of “little” tweaking in my heart and, when compounded, resulted in deep transformation. God did what only He can do: He shifted my desires to be more in line with His holy, perfect, complete desires for me. The desires He shifted weren’t necessarily bad desires, but they were longings that were holding the place of a “major” desire (ultimately, Jesus Himself) when in reality they should have only been minor desires. Does that make sense?
God did what only He can do: He shifted my desires to be more in line with His holy, perfect, complete desires for me.
As I got closer to that aforementioned 20% where I could whole heartedly admit contentment, peace filled my heart and mind. I was aware that this transition could mean a lot at this point in my life, so I didn’t take it lightly. With that being said, I didn’t want to move unless God was in the move. I would need a clear word from the Lord, and until I got that, I would go back to the last thing He told me to do… which was to wait. So in this time of leaning into the Lord, what He had next for me became my focus – my desire. I wanted to delight myself in the Lord. And I didn’t want to delight myself in the Lord just because the Bible says when we do that God will give us the desires of our hearts, but I found that delighting myself in the Lord aligned my desires with the desires the Lord had for me.
Little Thing #3 was a combination of sermons or talks that the Lord lead me to during this season of waiting, processing, transitioning, etc. I’d get these awesome nuggets of insight and encouragement:
“The way you choose to deal with your delays will determine your destiny.” – Steven Furtick
“David fought hidden battles before fighting public battles – it develops security in God. God will keep you hidden for your protection until you’re ready so that security is only in God.” – Alex Seeley
“Come into agreement with joy and trust, and out of agreement with disappointment and delay. Declare it, thank Him before it comes into being.” – Mia Fieldes
I would need a clear word from the Lord, and until I got that, I would go back to the last thing He told me to do… which was to wait.
Then through prayer with friends, I received more edification:
“You’re walking into a time to receive from the Lord and will have favor for times past spent pouring into others.”
“The timing of this season is very important. Including the time to get to a place of peace and contentment in it and the timing of when God presents the next opportunity.”
I flooded my mind with these sermons and words spoken over me. It was these truths that I clung to, building and strengthening my faith and hope to see the Lord move the mountains in my life, even the ones I couldn’t yet see…