Saturday, October 20th,
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BIG IN SMALL PLACES
you, Bethlehem Ephratah, though you be little among the thousands of Judah, yet
out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel..." (Micah
One key to life-success is thinking big in
little places. Most of us start in little places. Remember your first
apartment? You were fashioned in the tight quarters of a womb. That allows
little room to even squirm let alone set up house. A playpen only has about
nine square feet of floor space. My first pastor's study wasn't much bigger
than a phone booth. The human brain fits in a rather small cranial cavity as
well, but creativity and imagination need not be confined to tight quarters.
They talk of thinking outside the box. If anyone had to break loose from small town
thinking it was Jesus. In Him, divinity was crammed into a single cell, "born
of a woman, made under the law..." Jesus was born in a stable because "there was
no room for him in the inn". Well I guess not. How could the innkeeper have
accommodated Jesus had he issued Him a whole floor of luxury suites? Jesus is
too big to fit in an inn or a womb or a manger or the little town of Bethlehem or even the whole world. Paul wrote that "God was manifest in the flesh", that
is, all faith was compressed into a single personality.
How does that apply to us? Bethlehem was small
but not so Bethlehem's Babe. No one has to comply to predetermined boundaries.
Abraham Lincoln lived in a log cabin but changed address to the White House.
Most greatness can be traced back to a personal Bethlehem Ephratah. I've driven
by the boyhood homes of Hoover and Truman and others. Not so impressive. Well, actually,
very impressive, for these men saw beyond social and economic limitation and
marked their own horizons. It is a matter of desire. Jabez prayed, "Oh that you
would bless me indeed, and enlarge my coast, and that your hand might be with
me..." (1 Chron 4:10) God joins the adventure for those willing to break away
from the pack. "And God granted him that which he requested". Stay in the
lifeboat if you please. Peter found there was a lot more room for walking out
on the open sea, so he stepped out.
Concerning a prayer life Jesus told us to enter
our closets and shut the door (Matthew 6:6). Don't miss the intention. He
wasn't advocating a return to smallness. A prayer closet is a tight space but
the transactions there are as big as oceans. Bowed in a fetal squat with face
buried between folded hands makes what looks like a small man, but never are we
bigger than when crumpled in a corner in desperate prayer. In the closet heaven
opens into clear view. Little plans are discarded as we behold a great big God.
It is a return to maternity. We came from the womb as babies with unlimited
potential and a blank slate. We step out of the prayer closet with equal
promise. "Though your beginning was small, yet your latter end should greatly
increase" (Job 8:7). That is why we never have to curse our current circumstance.
Like Jesus, you or I may be in "the least of the thousands of Judah", but out
of such inferiority and limitation came the Ruler in Israel. So, don't despise
the day of "small things" (Zechariah 4:10). Your current situation is only a
uterine passage to a much bigger and brighter world. There will be some
contractions, but all births feel the squeeze. The victory comes when we refuse
to limit God or hamstring our own faith, thinking big in small places.