Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Sometimes God tells me to do some little something, or become involved with something, that sounds small enough.

You know, small enough that I can handle it myself.

Or small enough that I can squeeze it into my busy schedule.

Or small enough that it won't require too much of my energy, intellect or emotion.

But somehow, someway, those things seem to grow, and grow, until they become God-sized. Until I look over my shoulder and am amazed that God entrusted me with something that seemed so harmlessly small, but that He has blessed into something amazing.

Things like a little 250 word devotional I wrote for a quarterly magazine. A year and  a  half  later (when it was published) eight or ten emails hit my inbox from weary Christians thanking me for those words of encouragement. Those kind emails arrived at exactly the right time to encourage me when I desperately needed it.

Things like a Christian school with thirty-something children and five staff members growing to an enrollment of more than 800 and a staff of more than 100 - even in a bad economy.

Things like a little prayer asking God to use that school to spread the Gospel around the globe, then watching Him produce students and staff who teach, preach and love in Africa, Europe and Asia, and around the USA.

Things like planning a little conference offering Christians who write for children an opportunity to fellowship and learn together, then watching it grow to include a constituency of hundreds and an influence that is stretching north, south, east and west across the USA.

Things like small prayers asking God to meet great needs, then watching in amazement as He provides.

I keep this quote taped  above my computer monitor:

"God is looking for people through whom He can do the impossible. What a pity when we plan only the things we can do by ourselves."

My personal experiences with God make me shout "Amen!"

Has God every called YOU to be part of something impossible, dear reader-writer?

Can you share the story here with us? We would love to read it.

BTW - Though many online sources attribute this quote to A. W. Tozer I can't locate the original reference, book title, sermon, article or other attribution for it. If you know this information PLEASE leave it here in a comment. I would love to know exactly when, where or how these words were originally codified.  A sermon title, a book title and page number - anything to point me in the right direction. Thanks!


Linda A. said...

Marvelous service. God is at work in you. It's good to reflect and celebrate these victories. Enjoy the memories! Keep 'em coming.

Carol Baldwin said...

THANKS FOR this morning's inspiration. Love the pictures too! BTW, at one point you have "tings" rather than "things." Here's my small contribution to your morning post!

Cynthia Owens said...

Thank you for sharing this. Sometimes we don't realize how much God has done until we look back. That can be hard to do at the beginning of the journey, but seeing God's work in other's lives and in other areas of our own can give us courage to take the next step with Him.

Vonda Skelton said...

About 2 1/2 years ago, God kept telling me to start a conference to train women to be Christian speakers. I argued that I didn't have time, but finally relented. Three conferences later, we have 61 graduates Christian Communicators Conference who are out there, spreading His Great Name.

I had no idea what He was starting! Thanks for letting me share.

Linda said...

Jean, I also have those statements by A.W. Tozer on an index card sitting on my desk. I so appreciate your writing and photography, and the wisdom that you send out to us!

Jean said...

Thanks, Vonda. PTL for His ability to do great things through small individuals.


Jean said...

Thank you, Cynthia. Looking back is always a cure for discouragement for me. God leaves such giant footprints in our small lives.


Jean said...

Thank you, Carol, my faithful friend.

I fixed it.


Jean said...

Dear Linda,

I think when we get to heaven we are all going to be surprised by how many God-sized things happened in our lives on earth.

Blessings to you, too,