Saturday, August 17, 2013

Five-minute Friday: Small

 
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Most days, I feel I'm sloshing through stormy waves, rain blowing in my eyes, and I'm squinting to focus on him.  The one who stands somewhere out here on top of the waters, reaching out a hand for me.  And most days, I feel the waves are so big and I am so small, and he drops from my sight, behind the waves, and I am sinking.  Sinking fast and desperate.  And I can almost hear his voice, though not audible, and he's asking why.

Why is your faith in me so small?

It's the same question I ask myself.  This faith walk is not new to me, but the terrain of these particular waves in this particular season, they are entirely new to me.  And they seem hell bent on taking me down.  

I feel the smallness in the ways I doubt who I have known him to be, ways I pay lip service to trust and in the next rocky moment, am sobbing before him, "Don't you see all this?  Don't you care?"  

I feel the smallness in my lack of strength, my weariness, my inability to love him well or love others well or juggle everything with grace and immovable faith.

And how much of this smallness, I wonder, is exactly where he wants me to be?  Because it's honest.  I am small.  I am weak.  I am not him.

And how much of this smallness is because I can't stay focused on him as the waves come crashing, as my emotions come crushing, and I lose sight of how huge and limitless he is in the midst of these waves.

I am small.  But these waves that seem to overwhelm?  They are even smaller, insignificant in his company, tamed beneath his feet.  

Lord, have mercy on me.  Have mercy on my smallness, my small faith.  Train my eyes to see everything else as so small in light of the reality of who you are, the one who tames the wild seas.
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Joining Lisa-Jo and the whole community at FMF today for the prompt of "small." 

6 comments:

  1. Dear Amber,

    Beautifully written and much I relate to what you shared. Especially this: "I feel the smallness in my lack of strength, my weariness, my inability to love him well or love others well or juggle everything with grace and immovable faith."

    Thank you for your openness and transparency. May the Lord use it to minister to others and encourage them to trust God more, even in the storm when the waves threaten to take us under.

    Blessings in Christ...Susan

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    1. Dear Susan... thank you for your kind words. I pray, too, that this attempt at openness and transparency in the storm would somehow encourage someone else. Blessings to you in your smallness, in his greatness in your weakness, in all the storms and lulls. love, Amber

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  2. It's all a matter of perspective, isn't it? We see things as their proper size when our eyes focus on Him. We are small, but we are of great importance in His eyes. That's a good way to be.

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    1. Absolutely. It's a very good place to be.

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  3. Dear Amber
    Our smallness is not a problem to Him, dear friend. He specializes in bringing beauty out of our ashes and strength out of our weaknesses. Therefore, I think He uses our smallness to display His power and might.
    Blessings XX
    Mia

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    1. That's the truth, Mia. But it's not so simple walking in it, which is why I try to write the honest struggles here... So thankful for his grace and patience along the way, and for all the truth you speak of here.

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