It would be very hard to register the entire list of lives that are ruined by a refusal to recognize the value of what the world calls “little people.” Often the small people, not necessarily small as to physical stature, but of tiny financial means, athletic prowess, or lacking in intellectual acumen, are written off as “Peasant” or other derogatory names. When this is done we run the risk of missing many things, often hidden skills that may make life more abundant for all.
The other day a short statement leaped off the page and set the wee bit of intellectual acumen I possess to ruminating. Here’s the wisdom from a late world leader:
“History is made by people: Its movement depends on small currents as well as great tides.” Margaret Thatcher.
A week or so ago, Mrs. Lilly, aware of my love for Bull Dogs, dragged me to the theater to see the grand film, Darkest Hour, the film about Churchill refusing to surrender to Adolf Hitler and his own English Pacifist members of Parliament. The Battle of Britain is the backdrop. I was moved deeply, by revisiting the story of raw courage.
I was struck by the magnificent speeches. No one doubts that Sir Winston Churchill was in many ways a Giant among men. He was “a great tide” to be sure. Yet, his eloquence would have been lost were it not for the myriads of “Little People.”
When thinking of WWII, the names of Patton, MacArthur, Eisenhower, leap to the fore of our minds and hearts. Yet we must recall the hundreds of thousands of “Little People” who were the “small currents” God used to carry on to victory.
In any endeavor in life, great tides and small currents are necessary. This is true in the Christian life. Many a famous preachers bathing in the accolades of admirers became famous due to the fervent prayers of unknown saints, praying in humble homes for the hand of the Lord to anoint them. Each has its place, from Jesus Christ to the lad providing his small lunch for the miracle of feeding five thousand people.
The famous D.L. Moody was won to Christ via the nurture of a Sunday School teacher, Edward Kimball. A farmer in North Carolina raised his son to attend church. There, Christ came into Billy Graham’s life. Feel “Little?” God is working Big!
Copyright © 2018 Larry Lilly
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