The little within the big

It’s amazing what and who can inspire you, and how quickly it can happen. As you can tell by looking over the very long periods between my most recent posts, my inspiration to write has been scarce. But today, I find myself inspired. For the purpose of this post, how I was inspired is not for public consumption. My muse, God and I know, and that’s good enough for now.

In art, there is a technique known as pointillist. This is the method of creating an entire i-430d212eb0ceb232194fa91bc64ca991-monnier1-1 i-5f7c6bc4cf59a6abb3d959f40281919b-monnier2painting by way of using only dots. Probably the most famous example of this is seen in these photos.

In life, I have found that it can be so much easier and exciting to obey God in the big picture things. Whether it’s taking a new job, getting involved in ministry, moving to a new town, and so on. But what is more difficult, and less glamorous, are the little “dots” that make the bigger picture possible and discernible. These are typically little decisions. Tiny choices. Things that seem inconsequential as compared to the big goals. Yet, in reality, they can make or break the delicate balance required in having things work out with the desired results.

For several months now, I have found myself at an unexpected, and unwanted crossroads.  I, for one, am not wild about situations like that. I am a nester. I tend to resist change. I certainly don’t go looking for it. But sometimes, like it or not, ready or not, it’s unavoidable.

I find myself looking at the potential of a big picture that is very much to my liking. Perhaps something for which I’ve waited and persevered for years. But in order for it to be possible, a series of “dots” must happen first. God is pleased and honored when we are faithful and obedient in the “small” things.

I have found in my life, that some of the biggest decisions I have ever made have not necessarily looked wise on paper. However, those have been the times I’ve been the most at peace. I am not Mr. Super Spiritual. It has nothing to do with my maturity. I cannot take credit for it. It’s simply the presence of God.

For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.  ~1 Corinthians 1:25

And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.  ~Philippians 4:7

If you’re facing a situation which makes no sense, yet it brings the most peace…don’t fight it. Just keep with the dots. Every now and then, take a step back and see how your picture is developing. But then, get back to the dots. God’s is guarding you as you and He develop your masterpiece.

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