“Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin, to see the plumb line in Zerubbabel’s hand.”
Zechariah 4:10 NLT
I used to hate these words; “Don’t despise the day of small beginnings.” Geeze. How long do I have to wait for this small beginning to become big? When will that breakthrough occur? When will I see the day of plenty?! I know, you being holy, have never uttered these words. But I have and plenty of times. Recently, I walked out of a testing center for an exam that I was taking and just failed it. I had studied so hard only to find out that I had flunked it. Really?!
What I felt at the time was utter defeat. I am not going to lie. I was upset. But one thing that I went back to was this, in my earlier days I would have just given up. Now, I see it as a challenge. I will not despise the days of small beginnings. Just think about Jesus.
At 30, Jesus was an unknown son of a carpenter. No one knew who He was. He hadn’t performed any documented miracles. He laid low. So low that he lived in a town that people would ask “can anything good come from Nazareth?”* One day, Jesus was at a party and the people had drunk up all the good stuff. His mother, knowing who He really was, said that it was time. Time? Time for what?
Jesus would respond to his mother ““Dear woman, that’s not our problem,” Jesus replied. “My time has not yet come.”** His mother knew that the time was coming and instructed the servants to do whatever he said. Little did she know that Jesus would step into the miracle that would solidify His ministry on this earth. The servants did just as Jesus had told them and the rest is all history.
But what would have happened if Jesus had gotten stuck in the days of small beginnings?What would have happened if His mother hadn’t felt the nudge to tell Him? I challenge you today to get beyond the day of small beginnings. Prepare for the day of plenty.