I have memories of hot, summer days. Playing outside until the sun baked me thoroughly. Running through sprinklers and if I was lucky, the ultimate game of cloud watching. A portrait of my smallness in juxtaposition with a sky covered with white, puffy goodness.
I remember lying on the grassy hillside in my yard as a young girl watching the clouds float by. My body seemed small in comparison to the puffy clouds floating by on a summer day. I adored being a cloud watcher and the small part I played in creating the best stories my eight year old mind could muster.
My mind turned to this thought, “If my smallness is a way to reflect the bigness of God, then I am in exactly the right place.” Small faith in a big world looks very different as an adult. Now I ask…
Is this enough? Can I accept small when the world values big? Does God still love me in my smallness?
God takes a chance on each of us. In this vast world, we are but a small blip on His radar. However, we are a chosen one. Is it enough to cultivate our smallness knowing God will grow us in His way and timing? I respond with a definite “yes”.
Jesus teaches us through stories and when I read about the mustard seed, I found the truth of how living small is enough. Big is the world’s way. Small is life-giving, space-making, mountain-moving, and soul-growing.
I tell you the truth, if you had faith even as small as a mustard seed, you could say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it would move. Nothing would be impossible. – Matthew 17:20 NLT
My own journey from cloud watching to mustard seed faith and finally mountain moving is all because of God. The story is a familiar one. It becomes my own story as I desire to seek God’s Kingdom. The more I grow as a Kingdom-seeker the more I become like God in my identity and how I live. Nothing is impossible with Him.
If nothing is impossible for me, then nothing is impossible for you. We can rest in that truth.
The Kingdom of Heaven is like a mustard seed planted in a field. It is the smallest of all seeds, but it becomes the largest of garden plants; it grows into a tree, and birds come and make nests in its branches. – Matthew 13:31-32 NLT
The world teaches us more is better, but God reaches deep and shows us how important we are to Him. Our uniqueness is just right for the purpose God sets before us. The gifts we have to offer are enough. Being small is a caveat to sharing God’s greatness. Cloud watching comes first, as well as stories beyond our imagination, but honoring God moves Him from unknown to known.
Faith as big as a mustard seed leads us to overcoming the impossible.
Leaning into our identity in Christ gives us the confidence to remain small in a big world.
Small is the new big as we bend low to gain a better view of all God has for us.
Gazing up into the sky provides a unique perspective that points to new possibilities while reminding us we still need God to assist us in reaching higher and farther.
Together we can dream big, even if the road to our dreams cultivates a smaller reach first. Welcoming our smallness allows God to shine as the centerpiece of who we are in this great, big world.
Let’s become cloud watchers who share God’s story of our small faith in a big world.
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