Ever wonder what the big deal is about big deals? As I “chronologically expand” and the world morally shrinks, I’m liking obscurity more and more. Nobody in politics needs to know my name, Hollywood’s not interested in any hidden talent in my house, and I certainly don’t need my face plastered on some billboard. No awards. No accolades. No name recognition.
May sound like sour grapes, I know, but think of it. Solitude is priceless in our society, and there are those who, I can only imagine, thirst for it unrequited.
However, what our “BIG-thinking” society tends to forget is the importance of “the little”. So the account about King David on the run for his life when his wayward son, Absalom, temporarily succeeds in his coup, is of curious concern.
David had a few spies of his own up his sleeve; well, no, actually they were embedded within Absalom’s palace, and when the plot was made to murder the fleeing monarch…
“Arrangements had been made for a servant girl to bring them the message they were to take to King David.”
LOVE IT! A servant girl! Not a soldier, but a servant; not a man, but a young woman (or girl). And women weren’t exactly considered trustworthy or intelligent, either. We don’t know her name as she remained obscure. We don’t know her reward (if any), but she could have been killed if captured. We do know that if she had failed with what had been entrusted to her, King David could have been eliminated.
Seemingly small parts have huge consequences.
God gives us small things to do: teach Vacation Bible School, mow the church lawn, or your elderly neighbor’s. Listening to a friend’s lament over their children…again. Forgiving the very irritating relative…again. And praying. Always praying, even when we see the opposite of what we’ve been praying for. Praying anyway.
A wise blogging brother, Wally Fry of Truth in Palmyra, put it this way:
“Are we so concerned about the ‘big’ plans God has for us that we forget the small plans count also? Are we wanting to get revived by a big hoopla in our church buildings with crowds, preaching, and music or are we willing to work the details of God’s plan person by person as Elijah did here? If we are only living for the big, high visibility plans, and don’t have time or inclination for the seemingly small plans, we may need reviving.”
Vive la petite!