|Leaf on Water photo by Marcia Lee Laycock|
by Marcia Lee Laycock
I thought it might be the last day in which to enjoy our beautiful autumn so I took my camera and went for a walk. The sun was still high, making the trees glow as they shivered in a cool breeze. A single yellow leaf floated down from a poplar tree leaning out over the pond. Landing on the still water, it created a slight ripple. It was more like a tremor, really, that shimmered and radiated out across the pond. Such a small thing, I thought, yet it created a still moment, a focus of beauty caught by my camera that triggered thoughts which carried me on for the rest of the afternoon.
I’ve recently made the decision to launch my own publishing company, Small Pond Press. As the name indicates, this will not be a grand effort. The company will mostly publish my own work and the work of other devotional writers I will mentor in the future. But I have no doubt it will, in its own way, cause a tremor. It will publish, Lord willing, words that are a focus of beauty, words that will create still moments, moments that will carry readers into new streams of thought, new perspectives, perhaps even new awakenings.
I love what the great artist Vincent Van Gogh said – “Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together.”
I like to remember that when I feel that my writing career, my body of work, has been too small to have any affect at all. And I remember what Mother Teresa once said – “We can do no great things; only small things with great love.”
Jesus continually asked His disciples to do small things: “Let down the nets for a catch,” He said in Luke 5:4 and His sovereignty over all things was revealed. “Take and eat ... Drink,” He urged them in Matthew 26:26 & 27 and they learned what dying to self was all about. “Give them something to eat,” He commanded in Matthew 14:16 and showed them a generosity of provision that was astonishing. “Wash in the pool,” He directed in John 9:7 and revealed the depth of His compassion. Such small, ordinary actions. Such wide-reaching ripples when they were obeyed and executed in love.
Has God placed you in a small pond? Has He given you seemingly insignificant things to do, to say, to write? Do you wonder if what you are doing has any significance at all?
Remember His words to the prophet Zechariah - “Do not despise these small beginnings,” He told the prophet, “for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin” (Zechariah 4:10).
Small things done in obedience, in love, leaving tremors that may very well create ripples that will never end. Like a yellow leaf landing on still water.