Acorns turn into oak trees. Embryos become President. Love starts with hello. Life starts with a breath. All small, like Bethlehem.Hundreds of years before the census of Caesar Augustus and the birth of Christ...the prophet Micah wrote this:
Small things don’t always turn into big things, but big things always start out small. Lean into small, celebrate small. And in the words of a wise friend and counselor, don’t despise the days of small beginnings. ~ Emily Freeman
A small edict - a census form - required Mary and Joseph to travel to Bethlehem. Bethlehem...the least and easily overlooked of all the clans of Judah, the humble birthplace for Messiah. A feeding trough in a stable - an uncomely home for a newborn King. A poor carpenter from Nazareth, an unlikely daddy to raise the Son of God. An unwed mother - a scandalous choice to bear the Savior of the world. Disreputable Shepherds - unlikely first witnesses to God incarnating into the world.
- Sit with the Lord today and ask Him, "What are the small things - the overlooked things - that you'd like me to pay attention to?"
- Reflect on someone you love and how that love story began (sort of that "You had me at hello moment...). How might you create a small, loving gesture to someone today - a smile to a storeclerk, holding the door for the elderly, calling someone who God has brought to your heart?)
- How might you celebrate the "small" things of your day today - (saying "no" to that 2nd helping, saying "yes" to extended time with your child even when the laundry didn't get finished, taking 10 minutes at lunch to walk around the block and breathe in fresh air)?