Children who develop typically often slide effortlessly from one developmental milestone to the next. Those of us who parent a child with special needs are aware of the extra time and commitment it takes to help our children grow and develop. Our labors on their behalf make the tiniest glimpse of progress even sweeter. Jonathan’s baby steps of progress are a cause for celebration at our house. I am slowly learning that victory will be realized not only in the final moment of success, but in countless miniscule accomplishments along the way.
Jonathan can finally write his name! We have labored on this for more than a year. Handwriting has challenged his fine motor skills and learning differences as well as his ability to focus. But he has persevered and so have we and now we are celebrating! These days, I find his name written everywhere. In chalk on our driveway. In marker on our deck. On every page he colors. I love it.
It would be easy for me to focus on the fact that his peers have been writing their names for quite some time now. I could become discouraged. I could minimize this accomplishment as a little thing. In this context, the following verse convicts me.
“Who despises the day of small things?” Zechariah 4:10.
I ponder this question and realize the Bible is replete with examples of God delighting to take something with the appearance of smallness and do something enormous with it.
Like choosing one man with a speech impediment to speak on behalf of a nation of men.
Like using a young boy with one small stone to slay a giant.
Like stretching a small lunch of bread and fish for one to satisfy the hunger of thousands.
We serve a God of infinitely immense proportions. When we hand Him something insignificant, He often transforms it into something extraordinary. When He is in something, there is no such thing as nondescript. The baby steps of faith we take today do not go unnoticed by our Father. He is the One Who gives us grace to persevere in the tedious. He is with us in the midst of special needs. We can move forward with confidence in the knowledge that small things are of great use to Him. Nothing is ever wasted in God’s economy.
Embracing the small things,