A plague of gnats with his finger. Creation with His voice. Think about the possibilities of what God can then do with His whole Being.....
It seems, however, that God often chooses to work through subtle, small things like words, choices and minor steps of faith and obedience. And that's how great things begin.
Growth begins subtle and small:
"Do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect."
Transformation to become more like Christ also isn't necessarily strongly active in application, except for our focus. Transformation can happen just by consistently leaning away from the world and towards the Father---and in the quiet space left, God renews.
So many voices shout and cloud our minds making His will hard to discern. But when the mind is renewed the other voices become silent and we can hear His 'still, small voice' speak---and that is no small thing.
I read the other day some similes told by Jesus that illustrate the power of transformation kind of stuck in between parables, so simple that it's easy to just breeze on by:
"He said therefore, "What is the kingdom of God like? And to what shall I compare it? It is like a grain of mustard seed that a man took and sowed in his garden, and it grew and became a tree, and the birds of the air made nests in its branches."
And again he said, "To what shall I compare the kingdom of God? It is like leaven that a woman took and hid in three measures of flour, until it was all leavened." "
My cat adores me. Not because of any great achievement of mine, I'm sure, but because I'm the hand that feeds her. Right now she's sitting on a railing about a meter away whirring and purring for no other reason than because she's near me. When it's her idea (cat owners will understand!) to sit on my lap she expects not only to curl up there, but she wants my hand to rest on her as well, hemming her in secure, protected, and comforted.
"You hem me in, behind and before, and lay your hand upon me."
Feel like nothing's happening in your world? Seeds are growing.
Think you have nothing to give? Yeast is quietly rising.
Disappointed in yourself right now? The imprint of the Maker is transforming---just give it time.
Frustrated with someone in your life? Give them time as well. You have no idea what's been planted and what seemingly average material in their lives may be destined to gloriously rise. Love them where they are NOW and give quiet transformation a chance.
Small, insignificant things grow with purpose to become great. "Do not despise these small beginnings...," (Zechariah 4:10) in our own lives----OR in the lives of others.
|More photos by Anita van der Mespel because they're so amazing!|