I am sure you will find the words in Zechariah 4:9-10 so apt for today, where God tells His people not to despise the day of small things.
Zechariah was speaking to people who were returning from exile; they were excited at the prospect of returning to their homeland. More than anything, they were hoping that they could get down to the work of restoring the temple. They had dreams of restoring it to its former glory.
Yet, progress was slow, and they weren’t allowed just yet to rebuild the temple. As much as God was pleased to allow them to return, the time was not yet right for the rebuilding to begin.
God’s people had to learn patience, and, more importantly, about God’s perfect timing.
We too live in days where, if we are honest, we feel we would like God to move faster. But even in these difficult days we see pockets of blessing. We have had such pockets of blessing as a church, and this encourages us to look forward, to recognise that God is at work even in these difficult times.
The day of big things may be coming, but as we wait, let’s not neglect the day of small things. Let us learn to be content, patient and faithful.
As the old hymn puts it,
Showers of blessing,
Showers of blessing we need;
Mercy-drops round us are falling,
But for the showers we plead.
Yours in Christ