Zechariah 4:10 talks about not despising small beginnings. Now , the context around this is the rebuilding of the Jewish temple after the deportation. These people had been exiled for 70 years, before returning to their homeland.
They laid the foundation. But it was small.
Now, they ceased work for 16 – 17 years ( see Haggai) , but we are going to hone in on the part of the story where the foundation has been laid, and they are overwhelmed by the work needed to rebuild.
“For who has shown contempt for the day of small things? But these seven will rejoice when they see the plumb line in the hand of Zerubbabel—they are the eyes of the Lord roaming throughout the earth.”
Zechariah 4:10 – NASB
Because I fully believe that Scripture has one interpretation but many applications, I’m going to take some liberties and apply this concept to my own life. Which means that yes, I’m using it wildly out of context, but I believe the principle still applies.
I despise Small Beginnings .
I don’t want my days to be called Small Things. I want them to Matter.
I look forward to the Day of Completion.
I don’t like the term Little By Little.
And yet, right now, that is a major theme of my life.
I educate my children Little By Little, by faithfully teaching a little arithmetic, World History, and literature each day.
Little by little my husband are building our savings, and trying to make our finances match up with our priorities.
Little by little we are building relationships at our new church.
Little by little I’m getting my images accepted to shutterstock, and building a portfolio.
Little by little our family is becoming more self sufficient.
Little by little we are learning American Sign Language.
Maybe, I should not feel so antagonistic about the phrase little by little, especially as it describes accurately this current season of my life.
Perhaps, I should stop despising small beginnings. Maybe, just maybe, God is also rejoicing to see the work begun in my life as well.