So Small To So Big

Read: Matthew 13:31-35

Many people know about the large California Redwood trees.  Some of them are over 3,500 years old and grow to be over 200 feet tall.  The tallest one currently is 274 feet tall and has a diameter of 57 feet.  It’s name: “General Sherman.” The General is by volume the largest known living single-stem tree on earth.  These trees are amazing in many ways.  Imagine the fact that some of these trees in California began growing 1,500 years before Jesus Christ walked on the earth.  Truly Amazing!

Here is another amazing fact from The Sequoia National Forest.  The size of the sequoias that are being planted today are no bigger than a very small twig you would find in your yard after a wind storm.  It’s amazing to think that with time, patience, and care this small twig could someday become a mighty Redwood tree that people would drive thousands of miles to see.

That’s also a great way to view our lives.  As we journey though life God wants us to be planting small seeds in other’s lives that can grow to produce large things for God’s Kingdom.  Many times we feel like it needs to make a huge impact right from the start to be a success, but in God’s view a small seed or small twig that is planted can someday develop into a wonderful thing.  Jesus talks about this in Matthew 13 when he shares the parable of the mustard seed.  He said, “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field.  Though it is the smallest of all your seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and perch in its branches.” (Matthew 13:31-32)

Make It Personal:  Remember this, the investment you make for God into someone’s life could develop into something so much bigger than you can imagine now.  It might be a child, or grandchild.  It might be a friend or co-worker.  It might be something that will develop in your own life.  Gather up the twigs and start planting!

Have a great week,  Glen Rhodes