Little Drops of Water
He who is faithful in what is least is faithful also in much; and he who is unjust in what is least is
unjust also in much. (Lk 16:10)
There’s a hymn in our hymnal that
starts with a beautiful metaphor: “Little drops of water, / Little
grains of sand, / Make the mighty ocean / And the beauteous land.”
In all of our aspirations,
everything great begins small. The novelist writes his book sentence by
sentence. In fact, he started much smaller—when he was still learning subject,
verb, and predicate in grammar school. The architect erects his complex
construction brick by brick. But he also began the work much smaller—mere
strokes of a pencil on paper.
Similarly, the great biblical
icons all started humbly. David only had the courage to face Goliath because he
had previously faced bears and lions (1 Sam 17:34-37). But it was also because
he had faced Goliath that he could face the longer burden of Saul. God was his
trust. Moses could only lead the millions-strong Israelite nation because he spent
forty years tending sheep day by day (cf. Ex 3:1).
Stephen could only be martyred because he died a little bit every day serving
the church and preaching unfazed (cf. Acts 6, 7).
Training is always progressive. We
learn to crawl so that we can walk. We learn to walk so that we can run.
Therefore don’t be surprised if our journey of faith grows steeper year by
year. But it always begins small. We learn faith by trusting God in small
things—in the little worries that plague us daily. But then with every step of
faith, we see small miracles. With every experience our trust in God grows,
until we truly do not worry what tomorrow may bring, or if we may die.
Similarly, it is no surprise if
serving God gets harder each year. God’s training is continuous. We learn
servitude by being submissive in small things, so that we can be submissive in
the big things, for we cannot face Gethsemane
all at once. Future ministers and church council members begin with being
faithful in the small things: cleaning the church toilet, being accountable
with every church cent, diligently fulfilling every assignment.
Therefore let us strengthen our
faith promise by promise. Let us renew our spirit verse by verse, prayer by
prayer. And let us serve God day by day. Little by little, we will be refined
Questions for Reflection:
What are the little drops of water
in your life of worship and service to God? Have you been faithful in those