Aiming for Small Enough

Wonder. It's a word foremost in my mind recently, as I ponder God. How He has opened my eyes to His glory, His creation, His intimate and personal attention to the details of my life. And much of the wonder of it all is the question: "WHO AM I?"

Today in my Bible, I read the following out of Judges 6:12-16

"When the angel of the LORD appeared to Gideon, he said, "The LORD is with you, mighty warrior."

"But sir," Gideon replied, "if the LORD is with us, why has all this happened to us? Where are all his wonders that our fathers told us about when they said, 'Did not the LORD bring us up out of Egypt?' But now the LORD has abandoned us and put us into the hand of [of our enemy]."

The LORD turned to him and said, "Go in the strength you have and save Israel out of [your enemy's] hand. Am I not sending you?"

"But Lord, " Gideon asked, "how can I save Israel? My clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my family." 

The LORD answered, "I will be with you, and you will strike down all [of your enemies]."

Gideon was the least of his family in the least tribe, yet God called him "mighty warrior." That's because Gideon (or me) plus God always equals a majority. Gideon was a strong warrior through God's eyes, not through man's eyes. God saw the God-potential in him. Though I too am weak and small, God sees the God-potential in me.

The fact is, when God uses someone like me, it should always remind me that it's BECAUSE I'm the smallest and the weakest. Pride should never creep into the picture because, the very fact God is using me, is because I am small enough.

Wonder. Let us never get over it! Every day, there are untold wonders encircling our world, begging us to take notice. If nothing else, the fact that God would (and does) use a small creature like me to work His plan through, is one of the greatest wonders of all time.

A few lyrics from Newsboys' song: "In Wonder"

Let all creation sing in wonder…every sea, every creature, every star
You opened up my eyes to wonder, what a vision, what a wonder you are
I consider all that your hands have made…
Every newborn's eyes, every new sunrise
I consider all that you had, all you gave
And all that you endured from this rebel world
What a wondrous cross you chose to bear
What a wonder you would even care
let every rock cry out, let every knee bow down
you opened up my heart to wonder
what love, what a wonder you are
No power can tame your presence
No light can match your radiance
Such a wonder…
Such a wonder…

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