Kat Melocoton | Photo by Josh Calabrese
Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin, to see the plumb line in Zerubbabel’s hand. — Zechariah 4:10a NLT
I remember when I was 12 years old, I and my little brother enrolled in an Aikido class — a Japanese martial art. That time, I could still remember how excited we are! Even though we were just getting started, we imagined ourselves wearing a kimono and a belt while facing other students, as if we were like our teacher. But those excitements and expectations were cut off when our instructor told us what we are going to do.
“For you to be like us, you need endurance and a lot of discipline,” our instructor said. So starting that time, all he wanted us to do is to run and do sit-ups until we can’t walk. I couldn’t remember if he also asked us to clean the gym before we go home after the training.
Back then, I thought that before anyone becomes great, he should also have a great start. But what I underwent is the other way around. Also in the Scripture, before David becomes a king, he started from swampy and humble beginnings.
Jesse has eight sons, and David was the youngest. This boy is the one who boldly faced Goliath and became a king. But do you know how he became great? The secret is he started a shepherd.
God uses small beginnings to prepare His people.
It’s interesting how God never loathes the seemingly insignificant things. Goliath, a giant Philistine, that is over nine feet in height came and called King Saul to fight. For forty days, he mocks the Israelites and their God, and the Israelites were greatly troubled that they just do nothing.
Meanwhile, for 20 years, David was trained not in how to rule people, but how to pasture sheep. He hasn’t tried to wear any armor but is trained in feeding lambs. However, we know that David faced Goliath and overpowered him. But how he defeated Goliath and become king? During the time he shepherds those sheep, he encountered both lions and bears. While he is in the land where farmers keep livestock, God prepared and equipped him so that someday, he will be able to meet Goliath.
God can do astounding things with submitted and willing individuals.
Sometimes, we wrongly put limits on what God can do through us. Maybe you are thinking that you are just an ordinary person with so many issues, but God isn’t confined by your limitations or the condition of your life.
In fact, when David was about to fight with Goliath, he just carried a sling with five smooth stones that he gathered beforehand. He believes that even though Goliath had a sword and spear, he came in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel that’s why he can overpower him. In the end, he withstands the giant because, during the waiting points of being a shepherd, he trusted God.
During the waiting season, we are formed and forged through difficult circumstances allowed by God.
Going back to my story, I was annoyed with my instructor at that time because I thought he was just punishing us because of our pride. But as we have gone through the training, we learned that our teacher molds our character and prepared us with a higher responsibility — to become instructors like him. And I think he is just one of the people who disciplined, humbled and pruned me to become the woman who God wants me to be.
Just like David, we have our own little pastures and difficult beginnings, but they are the reason why we can be who we are in the future.
We have no power to make things great, but God has.
You do not know what giants you will be facing in the future. Maybe right now, you are in your humble beginnings, but do not despise it. Look at them as your little pasture even when people around you mock and ridicule you. Be faithful where you are right now. While you have no power to make things great, Jesus certainly has!
In the end, the God who delivered David from the teeth of the lion and the claws of the bear is also the God who will deliver you from the giants you face. I know you can overcome them because, during the waiting periods, you trust God and did not despise the small beginnings He prepared beforehand. I hope that you will look beyond your circumstances to the amazing things God can do with the surrendered and willing you.
Then David said to the Philistine, “You come to me with a sword and with a spear and with a javelin, but I come to you in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel — 1 Samuel 17:45