A few weeks ago, I went to back out of the driveway on my way to lunch with a friend and realized that my car wasn’t in reverse, right at the edge of the driveway. I went to put it in gear right as a car flew by really fast. If I was in gear when I was ready to leave, the other driver would have t-boned me. So I simply said, “Hey thanks, God!” and later the friend in the car with me reminded me how often we miss God working in the small stuff. Sometimes the little ways that God moves in our lives are the most impactful. Since then, God keeps showing me the little things that have a huge impact on my life. He continues to provide, just like always. God likes to move in little ways, because it forces us to pay attention. In 1 Kings 19 we see this play out:
11 The Lord said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by. “Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. 12 After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper. 13 When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave.
God made Elijah pay attention; God was moving in a way that he would have missed if he wasn’t seeking God. The same goes for the birth of Jesus, if you were looking for a great conqueror of the earthly sense, you missed Jesus. Our king came as a little baby in a tiny town, yet He is the greatest warrior ever. His battle was with sin, death, and the Devil. The best part is that He won! Those who sought God found Jesus, just like when we seek God we find Jesus working in the little things. I pray that in 2018 we pay attention to the little things and how our incredible Creator makes a big splash with the littlest pebbles.