IN THE GREAT OUTDOORS:
“There be four things which are little upon the earth, but they are exceeding wise.”
Have you ever thought about how many “little things” there are on the earth? Many people have never thought about this. Even if they happen to be out in the woods on a hiking trail, they are usually in such a hurry to get where they’re going that they don’t think about the dirt under their feet. If they were to go to the side of the trail and dig around a bit in the dirt there, they would be very surprised at all the “little things” they would see.
It’s not a good idea to scoop up dirt from the edge of a hiking trail. But you can go out in your own back yard and scoop up a cup of loose soil to try this activity. Find a flat rock or an old board to spread the dirt out on. Then take a magnifying glass and look at the dirt through it. You will be surprised at everything you can see! There may be tiny crystals of different colors. There will surely be spongy decayed leaves. There can be all kinds of living creatures -- ants, grubs, mites, insect eggs, and earthworms. What a lot of “little things” you will find in just one cupful of dirt from your back yard! In that cupful of dirt you will see many little things God has made.
Our verse tells us about four “little things” which God has made. It says that although those four things are little, they are very wise. Over the next few days, we will learn more about these four little things. God wants us to pay attention to little things. Little things can teach us big lessons sometimes. That’s why we can learn a lot from object lessons. Another important thing to remember about little things is that God is the One who made them. The little things God has made show us His wisdom and power just as much as big things, like elephants or the Grand Canyon, do.
* Thank God for everything He has made for us to use and enjoy. Praise Him for His wisdom and power in making little things as well as big things. *
I hope you will enjoy these occasional posts from Pine Cone Lodge. I have fun writing these kids' devotionals, and I usually find that I learn a lot in the process!