Big Things Come in Small Packages


February 12, 2014

Big Things Come in Small Packages ~~ Lillian Daniel

[Jesus] also said, “With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable will we use for it? It is like a mustard seed, which, when sown upon the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on the earth; yet when it is sown it grown up and becomes the greatest of all shrubs, and puts forth large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shaded.” From Mark, 4:30-34

In grade school, they would always line us up in order of height. It was humiliating being the shortest one. People looked around to see where they ranked. I envied the tallest people, of course. But later I learned that this exercise also embarrassed the tall girls, who didn’t like towering over the boys and wanted to be shorter themselves.

My son, who stakes out the low end of the height graph in his medical chart, asked our pediatrician how tall he would be. Based on his chart and his parents’ heights, the doctor predicted he’d reach about 5 fee 9 inches. We could see that my son was disappointed in the answer. “Sorry, kid. You chose the wrong parents,” the doctor joked. I imagined that my son, like me at his age, had been dreaming of the ay he would have his sudden growth spurt and hoot past them all. Just for the record, I am still waiting for my growth spurt.

So ever since childhood, I have loved the parable of the mustard seed. It is about a small thing that makes a big impact. Since it is a parable, it’s not to be taken literally. Jesus doesn’t mean that all small things have to grow big to make a difference. You just have to live big. You have to live as thou you are a part of the kingdom, the realm, of God, because you are.

PRAYER: Lord Jesus, bring me with you as you walk among the small things, noticing their greatness and claiming them for the realm of God. Amen.


Taken from the United Church of Christ devotional, God Is Still Speaking: 365 Daily Devotionals, ed. Christina Villa (Cleveland: The Pilgrim Press, 2013), 47.