P3: Psalms, Proverbs, and Prophets
Do not despise this small beginning,
for the eyes of the Lord rejoice to see the work begin,
to see the plumb line in the hand of Zerubbabel.
Do you ever struggle with despising small beginnings? I do.
Maybe it’s because we live in the age of instant gratification.
Except, the ancient Jews were annoyed with small beginnings and they certainly didn’t live in the age of instant gratification.
So maybe we despise small beginnings because…we’re human.
My journey with God is at the beginning of a new season. God is teaching me about healing and prayer. Awhile back a friend was uncomfortably pregnant and suffering from insomnia. I could feel God urging me to pray for her and, honestly, I wasn’t that excited about it. I had been hearing testimonies of miraculous healings from back pain and anxiety and cancer! A case of pregnancy-induced insomnia just wasn’t quite as glamorous as what I was hoping for. It was small.
But Zechariah encouraged the Jews to not despise small beginnings. They were setting out to rebuild the temple after the Babylonians had destroyed it. And they had to start at the beginning. They were feeling unmotivated and discouraged, especially when they considered the original temple and how glorious it had been. But God’s eyes were on their work. And He was rejoicing over the work as it began. He saw Zerubbabel (the civil authority over Israel) holding the plumb line, a tool to make sure the walls were straight, and God was excited about it. He was excited because He knew what was at the end of the temple’s beginning. Can you just picture God excited?!!
God knows what’s at the end of my beginning, too. He is excited about my small start. And if He’s excited, I’m reminded to be excited too. So take THAT you pregnancy-induced insomnia! 🙂
p.s. And in case you are curious, the prayer against insomnia was immediately answered with a night of restful sleep. Go Jesus!
Sarah Carter is mom to two, and wife to one. A native of California, she daily embraces her newish life in Oregon AFTER her morning cup of coffee. She desires to know Jesus more each day and believes that Bitmojis are essential for healthy marriage communication.