My insignificance and God's greatness
Photo by Beth
We all like approval.
We like people to acknowledge when we've done a good job.
We like to get recognition for our skills, accomplishments and hard work.
But sometimes God works things out so that we can't take any of the credit or get any of the glory.
In those times we realize our insignificance and God's greatness. We're reminded that we are here because of Him and not the other way around.
He is not just helping us do the projects we want to do, rather we are part of HIS plans for HIS work that HE is doing.
It's all about Him.
God reminded me of this in a very real way...
The people I work with wanted to go and visit a young man with a physical disability in a village two hours away.
I left my house early in the morning and arrived at my colleague’s where I drank tea with him and his wife and another colleague because that is the culture here – we drink tea.
We then travelled to a pastor’s house who had a car which could make the long journey in the ice and snow.
After drinking tea with the pastor and his family we drove two hours to the village and arrived at the young man's house.
We drank more tea with him and his family and all the neighbours who had come over out of curiosity to see who the visitors (including a strange foreign woman!) were.
The young man was doing incredibly well without my help or intervention - he was even ramping up and down stairs in his wheelchair! I gave him exercises anyway and made him sweat for half-an-hour before we went to a different house in the village for another five cups of tea!
Twelve hours later I finally arrived home after having done only 30 minutes of seemingly unnecessary physical therapy and drinking copious amounts of tea.
I had nothing to show for my day; no amazing story of the incredible work I had done. The young man’s life hadn’t been changed from my visit. I would receive no recognition or approval from anyone, I was just exhausted (and in need of the bathroom after all that tea!).
And yet, it was a day in which God had been glorified and His Kingdom had grown. My colleagues and the pastor had enjoyed a wonderful day of fellowship and encouragement.
While I had been doing exercises with the young man they had been able to share the Good News with his family andneighbours and even had the opportunity to hand out some Bibles.
God had plans for that day and I was in the background, insignificant so that He could show His greatness.
Everything we do is because of God and for His glory. May we recognize our own insignificance so that we can boast in His greatness!
“But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” 2 Cor. 12:9