In a Small Place
by Annie Johnson Flint
Fret not because thy place is small,
Thy service need not be,
For thou canst make it all there is
Of joy and ministry.
The dewdrop, as the boundless sea,
In God’s great place has part;
And this is all He asks of thee;
Be faithful where thou art.
In thee His mighty hand can show
The wonders of His grace,
And He can make the humblest room
A high and holy place.
Thy life can know the blessedness
Of resting in His will;
His fullness flows unceasingly
Thy cup of need to fill.
His strength upon thy weakness waits,
His power for thy task.
What more, O child of all His care,
Could any great one ask?
“Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.” Romans 5:3-5
As I pondered the words of Annie Johnson Flint’s poetry, I realized that the suffering of my chronic illness has often caused me to view my place here as so small. And yet, if I read this Scripture along with the poem, I can see that God views our suffering and our place much differently than we do. He is always at work, bringing His fruit–His abundant fruit from these very places.
What if we chose to look through His eyes, to ask Him to show us where He has been pouring out His love into our hearts through the Holy Spirit? What if we asked Him to show us how His great strength is being formed right here in our weaknesses? What if we looked upon our small places and let Him transform them into the very places of greatest hope?
Oh, what a change to see that He is bringing His glory into these very places of suffering.
More Prayer Prompts
I cannot wish away this pain ... cannot get away from this broken body ... But what I can do is ... turn my sickness and pain into an offering.
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Prayer Prompt Guide
Sometimes we all need a little encouragement and a boost in our prayer lives. While talking with God should be easy, a guide can be a helpful resource to lean into, spurring us on to deeper, more intimate conversations with Him.
- Set aside a special time and place to meet with God.
- Quiet your heart and mind. Breathe deeply.
- Slowly read the prayer, perhaps several times.
- Write the verse in your journal, noting any words that catch your attention.
- Talk with God, taking time to listen, then journal your thoughts.
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You can find Bettie blogging from her home in a small town in southeast Wisconsin - at bettiegraseasons.com, walking forward with Jesus, in the middle of her own pain and weaknesses from multiple chronic illnesses. The beauty of nature is a joy that calls to Bettie, as do her family and nine young grandchildren. She and her husband have been married for over 40 years and take great joy in their weekend coffee breaks together. In addition, Bettie is the Chronic Joy Prayer Pond coordinator.