Small Things Can Become Giant

Have you ever felt insignificant, like the things you do don’t even matter? This summer I have witnessed two different places in nature where tiny creatures can take over a plant by working together. Take for instance the Japanese beetle, no bigger than the size of my pinky fingernail. I have diligently swept them into a bowl of soapy water daily and yet their continued occurrences and constant nibbling of my plant have really done a lot of damage to my Linden trees, rhubarb and grape leaves.

Our ash tree suffers from small, small, gall mites. So tiny I can’t even see them. They have devoured the leaf buds of our ash tree, so that it looks pretty wimpy, as it never was able to properly adorn it’s full beautiful foliage this summer. I liken these actions to harsh things we might say or do either intentionally or unintentionally to others. They really can be destructive when compounded with other similar events. And these creatures that are causing so much damage are not only tiny, but also lack intelligence and yet even they wreak destruction when they combine forces!

Jesus taught us about how love and faith also grow from our very small actions and beliefs put into action. He teaches us the parable of the mustard seed. Then He said, “What is the kingdom of God like? And to what shall I compare it? It is like a mustard seed, which a man took and put in his garden; and it grew and became a large tree, and the birds of the air nested in its branches.”(Luke 13: 18-19 NKJV)

This lesson shows us if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, nothing will be impossible for you. God is there with you in your journey. Similarly, love that is sown in your heart grows beyond all comparison and our good deeds reflect God’s love for us.

We have many choices to make on a given day. Will our words and actions cause destruction or act like a mustard seed to spread love and faith? What we do matters every day!

Dear God, lead us in the direction of your parable and guide us to grow the good seeds in others. Help us to choose the path of love and faith in our actions and words and to continue to grow your kingdom here on earth. We are the tiny mustard seeds and we can make a difference! And God, we also pray for an end to Japanese beetles and gall mites. We pray our vegetation reflects the love and caring we provide as well. Amen.

Wendy Saathoff

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