Determination And One Tiny Man’s Vision

Determination And One Tiny Man’s Vision

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Have you ever felt like a tiny speck next to the enormous challenges set before you?

It seems I have a special knack for finding those kinds of challenges. Maybe it is just life, or the dare to dream bigger than ourselves mentality. But looking at some of the challenges facing other Christians and people around the world, maybe mine aren’t quite as big as I think. Still, they seem insurmountable.

Can I ever find the courage and determination to face enormous challenges in the face and lead a battle cry as I race forward to meet them?

In the Bible there is a little guy who does(Luke 19). Zacchaeus’ story in the Bible talks about how short he was and that he had to climb a tree to see Jesus. We often focus on that part of the story and miss something really huge in the process.

Zacchaeus was a tax collector. Yeah, you knew that, right? But there is more to it. In the time of Roman oppression they had a particularly despised form of tax farming. Romans would hire locals to collect taxes from their countrymen. They were allowed to keep a percentage of the all that was collected.

Not only did many of them overtax the Jews, but the money they raised went to fund the Romans who had overtaken them. A rich tax collector, which Zacchaeus is claimed to be in Luke 19:1, was loathed. In the Jews eyes he had absolutely no hope of redemption.

Yet, he came to see Jesus knowing full well that he could be ridiculed and turned away. He pressed into the crowd and was not allowed to get close enough to see Jesus. After all, which of the Jews wanted him to have a chance at something special. So, Zacchaeus climbed a sycamore tree.

Not just any tree, but a sycamore tree. A sycamore tree is often 60 to 100 feet tall. The base of the tree can be several feet around. Climbing such a tree is no small thing. Zacchaeus would not be turned away. He was determined to see Jesus. Jesus recognized Zacchaeus’ determination and took time to eat at his house that day.

What seems insurmountable to you?

Do you have the courage to face it like Zacchaeus?

When you feel like a speck next to the challenges you face remember that God is so much greater.

“Who else has held the oceans in his hand? Who has measured off the heavens with his fingers? Who else knows the weight of the earth or has weighed the mountains and hills on a scale?” ~Isaiah 40:12 (NLT)

What encourages you to persevere in the face of insurmountable challenges?

Michelle Lim About Michelle Lim

Michelle Lim is the author of Idea Sparking: How to Brainstorm Conflict in Your Novel and a Romantic Suspense writer. She is the Brainstorm/Huddle Coach at My Book Therapy and serves as the Midwest Zone Director for the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW). For more, catch up with her at her blog.

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