In I Kings 19:12 the Bible says. "After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper." (NIV).
A new year has begun and some of us have already made our new year resolutions and possible have already broke those promises that we have made to ourselves.
Lose some pounds (notice we are not usually specific as to how many we want to lose), No more sweets, get up an hour early for prayer time, write in my journal daily, exercise every evening for 30 minutes, wash my car every week, go to bed by 10:00 p.m. and read a book a month, and on and on we set these goals.
As we make this long list of resolutions it is better to keep one realistic commitment than a litany of promises that are too overwhelming to accomplish.
The verse I referred to from I Kings is about the story of Elijah. He was looking for God in the big things--a powerful wind, and earthquake, a fire. But the Lord was not in the big things. After the fire came a gentle whisper. It was there Elijah found the Lord.
The Lord was in the gentle whisper. Believe in doing the small things with great love.
Setting grandiose goals don't count if they don't get done.
I recall the words of a song that says "Little is Big if God is in it". Whatever you resolve to do in this new year...do it with humility out of a grateful heart knowing that God will bless our effort.