“For who has despised the day of small things?” (Zech. 4:10)
‘THE GOD OF SMALL THINGS’ is the debut novel (1996) written by Arundhati Roy, which won the prestigious Booker Prize in 1997. She writes the book in the setting of a small village ‘Ayemanam’ in Kottayam district, Kerala, where she happened to spend her childhood. The book explores how the small things affect people’s lives and behavior in big ways.
Prophet Zechariah rebukes the Israelites who returned from the Babylonian exile who complained that the work on the building of the temple was too difficult for them and also the project was insignificant, compared to the original temple. He asks, ‘for who has despised the day of small things?’ (Zech. 4:10).
SMALL THINGS ARE BIG THINGS IN THE HANDS OF GOD:
The Bible is replete with stories and instances of how God made use of ‘small things’ to achieve great feats. Moses the great emancipator of a whole nation was saved by means of a small basket of woven reeds. The mighty Red Sea was parted by the stretching of a simple rod over it. Samson saved his people from the Philistines by wielding a dead donkey’s jawbone. The five loaves and two fish, insignificant as they may seem to be, were enough and more in the hands of the Savior for thousands.
SMALL THINGS ARE BIG THINGS FOR OTHERS:
Remember the poem,
‘Little drops of water, little grains of sand,
Make the mighty ocean and the pleasant land.
So the little moments, humble though they may be,
Make the mighty ages of eternity’.
So remind yourself that ‘little things’ are ‘big’ things to many folks. A little smile, a little pat on the back, a little word of encouragement – these acts can lift a troubled spirit.
In this sense, is there really any such thing as a ‘small thing?’