The Glorious Freedom Found in Smallness

“O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! …When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him?” (Ps. 8:1-4, ESV).

Lately I have been reveling in the revelation of my smallness. (Note: smallness does not mean insignificance). The more deeply I understand my smallness, the more free and joyful I become. I am walking deeper and deeper into the liberty of knowing that God is everything, and all that matters is who He is and what He is doing. Though He chooses me as His instrument, I really am just along for the ride. He does all the important work, and I yield and let Him do it in me and through me.

Delightfully, He holds out His hand to me and you and invites us into what He is doing. This is akin to the way He joyfully gave Adam a part to play by allowing him the job of naming all the creatures. Adam got to let God’s creativity flow through him. But really, all the essential work had already been done. The earth and all its creatures had already been created.

Our glorious freedom comes in understanding, deep in the depths of our being, that we don’t have to make anything happen… any more than Adam had to create the world. God created the world. Adam just got to come in and have a little part.

This brings to mind the picture of a dad working in his workshop on a project. He gives his toddler son some plastic tools to “work” with next to him, delighting in his child’s company. The point is not that his boy is contributing any real strength or wisdom to the endeavor, but that his daddy relishes his presence. Together, they are doing great things.

When I sit down to write a post for this blog, this keyboard and I are like that little boy and his plastic tools. Really, it’s Holy Spirit who is doing everything important here. I pray at the beginning, “Daddy, please write this through me, to the ones that You love.” Then, all I do is listen with my spirit, and type. I don’t come up with any of the ideas. Every single one is from Him. He gives me all the words.

I am really, really small. He is really, really big… which reminds me of this story I read recently in the Worthy Brief devotional:

Hudson Taylor was scheduled to speak at a Large Presbyterian church in Melbourne, Australia. The moderator of the service introduced him in the most eloquent and glowing terms. He told the large congregation all that Taylor had accomplished in China, and then presented him as “our illustrious guest.” Taylor stood quietly for a moment, and then opened his message by saying, “Dear friends, I am the little servant of an illustrious Master.”

The wonderful thing about this story is that Mr. Taylor was not being falsely modest. He was telling the absolute truth. Just like you and me, he was really small. Everything accomplished through his life, Daddy God did it all. His little son just yielded to His lead and empowering, day after day after day. The cumulative effect was a lifetime that brought much glory to his illustrious Master.

The revelation of our smallness is intimately connected to the revelation of Daddy’s immensity in every way: His infinite wisdom, His unlimited power, and His boundless love. He is “over all and through all and in all” (Eph. 4:6, ESV). “In him we live and move and have our being” (Acts 17:28, ESV).

Abba has a marvelous, incredibly detailed, incredibly brilliant plan for our cities, for our families, and for every single minute of our lives. Let’s invite Him to drive. What glorious freedom, to just be the passenger! Dear one, enjoy the ride with me!

P.S. The other day, a tiny ant was crawling along the page of my Bible. I thought he made a marvelous illustration of this principle. Just like that little creature, our tininess magnifies His hugeness! For your enjoyment, a photo of that moment (Can you see him?):

*, November 14, 2018


“I don’t take part in great affairs or in wonders far beyond me” (Ps 131:1b, CJB).

Do you feel as relieved as I do to just be small and let God take care of the big stuff?


12 thoughts on “The Glorious Freedom Found in Smallness

  1. O yes, Jenn! I am relieved in a Big Way about being small in the eternal scheme of things.
    John the Baptist teaches us this principle as well as he spoke of Jesus, “He must become greater, I must become less.” (John 2:30 NIV)
    I attempt to model our ministry on Jesus’ model of leadership, which I best describe as an inverted triangle. Whereas the world strives to get to the top so that all others must serve the pinnacle; Jesus does the opposite. He is the firm foundation, supporting and equipping the Saints through the power of Holy Spirit to do the work of the Church.
    That’s a Big support!

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  2. Lately I feel God has been showing me like we are tiny models, the people, the buildings, the street lights, etc. The smallness. I was beginning to think I was going crazy or something. I’m glad you are talking about it.
    It’s made me glad, because it makes me feel like God is in complete control. Thank you!

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    1. Elena, I really, really like the way He has been showing you this! That’s fascinating because I had a dream several weeks ago where I saw a part of our city like a small-scale model too. I love how the Holy Spirit confirms these truths to us so creatively, helping us understand better!


  3. As we get older, I see the understanding now much more clearly. Humility is not a doormat but the open heart acceptance to know as I DECREASE only then will HE increase. This is the message of Him using the ‘least likely” to complete His Divine Purposes and come as ‘a little child” a great reminder post. Thank you.

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  4. Reading this was like a little revelation. God is nudging me to continue editing my book, and to continue writing stories. I want to share the joy of these stories with people. It is so comforting to remember it is not up to me to think up all the ideas, and to understand every little edit and change that needs to be made. That is God’s work. It *is* up to me to sit at my computer and be open to God working through my hands and the creativity he has given me.

    God’s peace be with you and family Jennifer. ❤

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