Little is Much

Little is Much

Recently, I’ve had myself a little pity party. Have you ever had one of those? I’m not proud to admit it, but I was certainly having a low moment, wallowing there in the pit of pity.

My part-time job at school as a Pre-K assistant had started back, and I was back to juggling all of those hats I wear. One of those hats is Christian author. I was called into a writing ministry about five years ago. Now, I had been writing way before then, but the definite call from God came about five years ago.

In the hustle and busyness of work and being a pastor’s wife, I was struggling to fit anything else in, including, you guessed it, my writing. That’s when I started the slow decent into that pit. I began to wonder if my writing was truly making a difference. I certainly haven’t seen any big royalty checks come to my mailbox. Would anyone even notice if I didn’t write another thing?

The answer to all my questions came one Sunday morning.  A dear sister in Christ rose from her seat and walked behind the pulpit like she has done many times before. I always love to hear her sing. She prefaced her song by saying, “When the music leader asked me to sing, I knew exactly what I was supposed to sing, but I kept searching and considering other songs. I even brought the music for a song that I planned to ask the music minister to play, but he went the other direction before I could ask. So I’m going to sing the song I know I was meant to sing from the beginning.”

She then sang the following lyrics acappella.

  1. In the harvest field now ripened
    There’s a work for all to do;
    Hark! the voice of God is calling,
    To the harvest calling you.

    • Refrain:
      Little is much when God is in it!
      Labor not for wealth or fame;
      There’s a crown, and you can win it,
      If you go in Jesus’ name.
  2. In the mad rush of the broad way,
    In the hurry and the strife,
    Tell of Jesus’ love and mercy,
    Give to them the Word of Life.
  3. Does the place you’re called to labor
    Seem so small and little known?
    It is great if God is in it,
    And He’ll not forget His own.
  4. Are you laid aside from service,
    Body worn from toil and care?
    You can still be in the battle,
    In the sacred place of prayer.
  5. When the conflict here is ended
    And our race on earth is run,
    He will say, if we are faithful,
    “Welcome home, My child—well done!”

I found these lyrics online and they are attributed to Kittie L. Suffield (1924).

As my dear friend sang this song, I cried. I couldn’t help it. These words were for me. In fact, I found the soloist later, hugged her, and told her, “that was for me.” She smiled, squeezed my hand, and said, “thank you.”

My sweet readers, I felt, just as my friend did that day, compelled to share this with you. Maybe you need reminding like I did that little is much when God is in it.

So I’ll complete my spiral into the pit of a pity party story by saying that I let God pull me out and back onto higher ground.  Even in the mad rush with my body worn and my efforts seeming so small, I have to see from God’s perspective. I have to give Him my offerings of writing. He is the one to make something little become much. I have to continue to go (write) in Jesus’ name.

 

Paula Mowery About Paula Mowery

Paula is a pastor’s wife, mom to a college student, author, acquiring editor, and speaker. No matter the hat she wears, she strives to honor God’s plan even if it means going out on a limb and leaving comfort zones. Reviewers have characterized her writing as “thundering with emotion.” Her book, Be The Blessing, won the 2014 Selah Award in the novella category. You can follow Paula on Facebook and learn more about her at her blog.

Comments

  1. Tina Dorward says:

    Love this Paula! Thanks for your openness about being sucked down into the pity pit and how God met you there to pull you out. I often have those same feelings of is it even making a difference or surely God planned something bigger when He gave me the call for certain ministry areas, but this reminder that He is there and working even in the smallest things we do in His name is wonderful. God bless you as you adjust to the start of the new school year. It’s always an adjustment for everyone so be patient with yourself.

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  2. Janet K Brown says:

    Good reminder, Paula. I think we all forget that God uses us, sometimes in small ways, but with Him, they can become big. That song sounds wonderful. Thanks for sharing.

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  3. Thanks, Tina, for your encouraging words. I so understand about thinking He must have had something bigger for me. I have to do my job and let Him do what He does. Blessings in your little becoming much!

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  4. Janet, you are so right. We often forget that our God can do as big of a thing as He wants to with what we give Him.

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  5. Laurie Driesen says:

    Beautiful post Paula, thank you for your honesty. God is using it in my heart too! Thank you!

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  6. Thank you, Paula for this wonderful word today. What a needful reminder. It has encouraged me today.

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  7. Thanks for stopping by, Laura. I’m glad I could encourage you.

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  8. Thanks Danetta. I just have to keep reminding myself or I’ll drift right back down. Glad I could be of some encouragement for you. Blessings.

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  9. Very moving post, Paula. I’ve struggled at times with similar issues. Nothing touches a person more than knowing the Lord is speaking directly to him/her. Thanks for sharing!

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