He also brought me out into a broad place;
He delivered me because He delighted in me.
I'm learning that God's grace comes to us in surprising places . . .
And many times that His grace comes in small places, in unexpected places, in places that the world looks over, but that the Lord sees as His stepping-stones to glory.
The manger, a small place, that held the glory of the Son of Righteousness, the Firstborn of creation.
A small basket, whose five loaves and two fish fed 5000 and a small boy who offered the meager and the small.
A small following - twelve disciples - whose testimony through the Lord's power shook nations.
The Lord works through small things, so that His glory may shine greater through the impossibility of it all.
And that all the glory is His alone.
I'm in a small place right now.
I didn't think of it as small when I first married, when my husband and I made our "home" in my Mom's home 5 years ago.
It was cozy then, and we didn't need a lot of space; it was adequate, and we loved living with my Mom and still do.
But then, the first baby came along, a little girl, and things got "cozier."
It was still alright, though, and became a little easier when my Mom offered us the spare room for her to sleep in just before I gave birth to our second child.
A little boy.
And I thought, how am I going to do this, fit all of our things, keep everything organized, stay sane?
Add to this that my Mom has her house up for sale and most of my belongings are in storage.
And that I am by nature an excessively organized person - for better, or for worse - and that I feel like I'm losing it when things are "out of place."
I felt overwhelmed. And I looked at the clutter around me, the organized clutter, but clutter nonetheless, and I felt like it was closing in around me.
And the space seemed so small and I envied my friends who owned homes and even the ones who had apartments and I thought, if only I had more space.
If only I had more space . . .
If only I could organize my baby's toys and books . . .
If only I could find Elisha's baby book - it must be packed away somewhere . . .
If only, if only, if only.
But the Lord constantly speaks to me in this small place, and though I still struggle with discontentment, I ultimately would not have it any other way.
Because this is His will for me right now.
I know, I know, I know that He has placed me here for this time and that at the right time, He will bring me out into a spacious place.
There are lessons that I have learned in this "small place" that I could never have learned anywhere else.
So I would not change anything.
And this small place holds blessings, hidden blessings, when I look beyond the "littleness" of my own thinking.
My mother's constant loving influence on my children and the Godly advice that she offers me on a daily basis . . .
Learning contentment in a "small place" so that by His grace, I may not take His provision for granted if He should choose to place me in a larger place . . .
My sister's help with my daughter when I was healing after giving birth to my second child . . .
My family's constantly stepping in to watch my babies for doctor's appointments, etc.
So many blessings, countless blessings.
And I'm reminded -
Reminded that the Lord works through the small, through the insignificant for
And I believe that He will work through my small place, too.
He's humbling me, teaching me to depend upon Him, softening my nit-pickiness into surrender.
Sometimes we want great things, big things, when the Lord often works through the small.
We want greatness, and then the Lord teaches us that to become great we must first learn to serve (Mark 10:35-45).
That He takes widows' mites, and poverty and our lack of ability so that He can work His glory and strength through our weakness.
He works through small places . . . and then in His perfect timing, enlarges the pathway under us, so that our feet do not slip.
So I hold onto this promise, and thank Him in the meantime for the grace to grow in this blessed small place:
“Enlarge the place of your tent,
And let them stretch out the curtains of your dwellings;
Do not spare;
Lengthen your cords,
And strengthen your stakes.
For you shall expand to the right and to the left,
And your descendants will inherit the nations,
And make the desolate cities inhabited."
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