I have done a lot of devotional writing since I submitted my first freelance piece in August of 2009. Today, close to 75 devotions of mine have been published. I have decided to post some of them in my blog. This is the 1st devotion I ever sold. It appeared in “The Upper Room” in Feb 2011 and a reprint was later published in “Word Aflame."
The Day of Small Things
Read Zechariah 4:6-10
The prophet Zechariah asks the question, “For who has despised the day of small things?”
-Zechariah 4:10 (NAS)
“Mom! I’m bored!” This exclamation came from my twelve year old son just two weeks after school ended for summer break. My, how quickly a child can become bored. Frankly, becoming bored with the mundane is something adults do too.
The prophet Zechariah poses the question, “Who has despised the day of small things?” One answer to this question would be my twelve year old son. But the question is a good one to be pondered by all. What are the days of small things? These are days when nothing out of the ordinary happens in our lives. We are a people who yearn for excitement, especially in today’s fast paced world. We would do well to learn to appreciate days when nothing of significance occurs–days of small things.
In my life, I have seen some difficult days when people I loved were hurt or died. When I compare these days with ordinary ones, I’ll take the ordinary every time.
May we learn to appreciate mornings when we wake up to nothing unusual. We face the ordinary challenges of home, work, and church life. We go to work, come home, eat dinner with our families, help the children with homework, attend Bible study or choir practice – the usual weekly church activities. Then, we crawl into our warm, safe bed for a good night’s sleep in the home God has provided for us. On those nights, may we be mindful of the extraordinary God who has allowed us to live another ordinary day.
Prayer: Father, we thank you for all of the normal and ordinary days n our lives. Teach us to live each of them for you. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Thought of the Day
God gives us ordinary days and not so ordinary ones. May we learn to appreciate them all.