“It is like a grain of mustard seed, which, when sown on the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth.” Mark 4:31 (ESV)
Children are usually showered with an abundance of presents they “really wanted” at Christmas. But I remember one single gift, which was a special blessing that meant the world to me as an adult.
That particular autumn my husband and I were both working commissioned jobs but the income was minimal. We did everything we could to stretch our budget. This included expanding our credit card balance to pay for groceries and the mortgage payments. Each time I went to the supermarket, I wondered if it would be my last credit card transaction.
When the Christmas season came around, I felt melancholy. A fresh-cut Christmas tree had always been a tradition, but that year there were no funds for one. However, God provided a two-foot potted spruce which we won in an office drawing. It was diminutive compared to our usual trees; still we rejoiced as we put on lights, ornaments and an angel on its top branch. The lovely scent filled our home.
After Christmas we planted it in the backyard. We watched that tree grow to over twenty feet in height before we moved. It was a con- stant reminder that God would provide and gift us abundantly though seemingly small at first.
Jesus, thank you for your wisdom and love to show us how small things can become great!