Care for Small Things
Feelings of Insignificance
Sir Michael Costa was conducting a rehearsal in which the orchestra was joined by a great chorus. About halfway through the session, with trumpets blaring, drums rolling, and violins singing their rich melody, the piccolo player muttered to himself, “What good am I doing? I might as well not be playing. Nobody can hear me anyway.” So he place his instrument to his lips but made no sound. Within moments the conductor cried, “Stop! Stop! Where’s the piccolo?”
Perhaps many people did not realize that the piccolo was missing, but the most important one did. So it is in the Christian life. God knows when we do not play the part assigned to us, even if others do not.
Employees in a Detroit business office found the following important notice on the bulletin board: “The management regrets that it has come to their attention that workers dying on the job are failing to fall down. This practice must stop, as it becomes impossible to distinguish between death and the natural movement of the staff. Any employee found dead in an upright position will be dropped form the payroll.”
A student staying in the home of an elderly couple greatly admired their fine antique pendulum clock, which had been handed down from one generation to the next in the husband’s family. One day the old man said, “That clock has a message to tell.”
Puzzled, the student asked, “What message?” The old man replied, “Look at the pendulum going back and forth, as if to say, ‘Slow-down-do-it-right.’ But then listen to the electric clock: ‘Hurry-up-get-it-done. Who-cares-how-it’s-done.’”
When God’s work is done in God’s way for God’s glory, it will never lack God’s supply. God is not obligated to pay for our selfish schemes. He is obligated to support His ministry.—Hudson Taylor