Not How It Seems


Things that appear to be weak and insignificant in our world are the things God often uses in His kingdom.

Like Alice’s adventures in Looking Glass Land (Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carol), where everything she encountered was mirror-image opposite of what she thought to be true, the Kingdom of Heaven seems upside down and inside out when we first enter. Learning its biosphere and how to navigate its landscape becomes the adventure that defines our lives. The way up is down. The way to life is through death. The way to greatness is through servanthood.

Think of something big. A mountain? A tree? Get a mental picture of something you call big. Now, consider that it is made up of tiny, tiny atoms. Atoms are made up of even tinier neutrons and protons. Neutrons and protons are made up of elements so small that they can’t be seen with the strongest microscope. No such thing as big. Everything we call “big” is just a whole lot of “small.” Small upon small upon small, finally equals big. There is no “big” without lots and lots of small.

Life that came out of death. Paul says that He "calls" those things which are not as though they were. Call can mean to call aloud, utter in a loud voice, invite; to call by name.  When did Jesus "cry out in a loud voice" and bring life out of death? John 11:43, as He stood at the grave of Lazarus.  "Lazarus, come out!" Called out loud.  God steps right into the middle of mucky, messy death-- all-hope-lost death; no-way-out death; not-gonna-happen death-- and He calls, "Life, come out!" And the voice of the in-the-beginning God reproduces the earth's opening act. He calls order out of chaos. He calls something out of nothing. He calls life out of death.

This content taken from the book The Power of Small by Jennifer Kennedy Dean.


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