All things bright and beautiful,
All creatures great and small…
Today, as me and my faithful dog Bertie were out for a walk we passed another ‘little truck’, I say another as recently we have seen quite a few different small vehicles that are comparably much smaller than their title or duty suggest. We now live in an age where the size of something would be alarming in time gone by.
‘MEGA’ everything from megaships; cruiseships that are like floating cities, megacar’s; most family cars are now gas guzzling people carriers, TV’s; mega televisions like cine projectors covering whole walls in homes and advertising billboards, food; from megaburger’s to mega portion’s, the contents of food plates have got heavier and heavier which is unfortunately reflected in the population. Everything has got bigger! You name it, and it’s bigger!
Unless of course, it has gone the other way! ‘MICRO’ everything, from information storage inside gadgets, there is now mobile phones with more computer technological storage capacity than what was on the Apollo space mission that took man to the moon! (supposedly). Which can be a good thing as I went this year to see‘ Heavenly Man, Brother Yun’ and the ministry that he is involved in sends hundreds of thousands of micro bibles stored in micro cards into Iran every year! Praise the Lord.
Microsurgery, microchips, Microsoft, micropigs and microcars, microphysics, macrobiology, if you want it smaller and you can pay, you can have it!
As things either get much bigger or smaller then does our perception of size become distorted, do our problems, our challenges, our troubles change size too?
The answers lies firmly with our faith in God. The problems arise when it is ‘our’ perception. As then we have no pointer, no central gauge to guide us, our own moral or spiritual compass will always lead us off course at some point. So we put our faith in the Lord Jesus to guide us and we use God’s word to guide us in our daily walk.
In Matthews Gospel Chapter 10:29-31 we read “Are not two sparrows sold for a copper coin? And not one of them falls to the ground apart from your Father’s will. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.” And again in Matthew 6:26 we read ”Look at the birds of the air for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?”
You see it doesn’t matter what size the problem, in the Old Testament God used a variety of normal people like Gideon and Samson to overcome supposedly insurmountable odds. Yet He still knows if even a little sparrows falls. So no matter whatever the size, Mark 10:27 tells us “With men, it is impossible, but not with God; for with God all things are possible.”
I started today with; ‘All things bright and beautiful, All creatures great and small, All things wise and wonderful, The Lord God made them All.’ By Cecil Frances Alexander, a wonderful colourful hymn written in 1848.
I also came across another wonderful little poem from a similar era, written in 1845 by a Bostonian Sunday school mistress by the name of Julia Fletcher Garney which I would like to share with you;
Little drops of water,
Little grains of sand,
Make the mighty ocean,
And the pleasant land,
So the little moments,
Humble they may be,
Make the mighty ages,