The weather is finally nice and I feel like we’re coming out of hibernation! It is wonderful to be able to go outside every afternoon. Natalie and I have been enjoying stroller rides, blowing bubbles, swinging, and exploring the great outdoors.
I love her curiosity and enthusiasm. Pine cones are a favorite item to collect, but she’ll pick up and inspect pretty much anything. She also ate dirt the other day when I turned my head for a moment to check on Jackson. Way to go mom, haha!
Sometimes she likes to have me right next to her, but other times she ventures out on her own, checking back once and a while to make sure I’m still close by. There are days when I feel like she’s growing so fast, but seeing her out there in the yard I was reminded how little she really is.
A little girl in a big world.
It’s funny… that’s how I feel too. This world is a big place and I’m just a tiny part of it.
On those days when life feels really “normal” and the routine gets mundane I wonder what kind of impact my little life is making. Am I doing something significant?
On the days when life feels challenging and the future is full of questions I wonder where my little life is headed. Am I on the right track?
I think (or at least I hope!) those thoughts and questions are normal. I think we all want to feel like we have a purpose and a plan, but we don’t always know what it is or where we fit in the grand scheme of things.
It would be pretty intimidating and even discouraging to me… if it weren’t for the promises and presence of God.
I know that He made me for a purpose and that He knows me better than anyone else. I know that He can use me to accomplish great things for Him, and I want to be ready and willing to follow His lead.
These lyrics, from the song Little Is Much by Downhere, express so well the question and the answer…
What is the measure of a life well lived
If all I can offer seems too small to give
Little is much when God’s in it
And no one can fathom the plans He holds
Little is much when God’s in it
He changes the world with the seeds we sow
Little is much, little is much
Even more importantly, this passage from 1 Corinthians speaks a beautiful truth…
“For consider your calling, brethren, that there were not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble; but God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong, and the base things of the world and the despised God has chosen, the things that are not, so that He may nullify the things that are, so that no man may boast before God. But by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption, so that, just as it is written, ‘Let him who boasts, boast in the Lord.'” 1 Corinthians 1:26-31
It doesn’t matter how small I feel because God is working through me. On the mundane days, on the crazy days, and on every day in between, He is present and He has a purpose. What a wonderful peace that brings!
Just as Natalie has the courage to wander off into the yard , I pray I will confidently go forward following God’s will for me. And just as Natalie stopped to smile back at me, making sure I was still watching, I pray I will never lose my focus on the God who is in control.
So thankful that He is with His little girl in this big world.