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When I was a tad smaller in the mid-fifties

I confess to near-total football illiteracy but I do know who (what?) the Green Bay Packers are. They just won some major big-deal game on Sunday to which I paid almost no attention. I am fascinated by people, though, and a news item about the Packers’ QB caught my eye.

Aaron Rodgers was apparently so undersized in high school that not a single college program would recruit him, yet the same guy that was rejected by 23 teams before being drafted by the Packers was just named Most Valuable Player of the Super Bowl. Rodgers is also said to be a devoted follower of Christ who works with Young Life. Way to go AR!

I’ve always liked stories about small people triumphing over big odds – David and Goliath-type stories. Maybe that’s because I was a small kid myself. You can’t tell it from the chubby photo above, but I spent my growing up years trying to catch up to peers who were years ahead of my skinny self developmentally.

When I began to study the scriptures seriously as a young adult, I was intrigued to discover that the Bible is full of “little is much” principles.

I love this passage from Proverbs 30: 25-28 (NLT)~

There are four things on earth that are small but unusually wise:
    Ants—they aren’t strong,
      but they store up food all summer.
    Hyraxes—they aren’t powerful,
      but they make their homes among the rocks.
    Locusts—they have no king,
      but they march in formation.
    Lizards—they are easy to catch,
      but they are found even in kings’ palaces.

  • Ants have little strength, and yet they plan ahead.
  • Hyraxes (a type of rabbit) have little power but they provide homes for themselves.
  • Locusts have little leadership and yet they progress forward.
  • Lizards have little speed but they are able to prosper themselves.

Does this encourage you as it does me? Maybe you are feeling “small” right now – sidelined by a lack of opportunity, financial limitations, or a physical disability. But scripture promises us that God’s most humble creatures still accomplish all He has created them to do.

So can I, and so can you.

Little is much….when God is in it.

 – Copyright 2011 Maggie W. Rowe