“I’ve come to see that our tiny raindrops of service can be like a crashing waterfall to God.” Kara Plett




I love to serve and be available to God, but over the past few years, there have been some necessary changes due to my illnesses. At times, I’ve had to say “no” to almost all the ministry in which I was previously involved. It frustrates me that what I am now able to offer seems like just a tiny raindrop.

Throughout Scripture, God reminds me that He uses such “small” things to make a big difference. Think about the tiny mustard seed (Matthew 13:32), the meager five loaves and two fish (John 6:5-10), the poor widow’s mite (Luke 21:1-4), and Moses’ simple staff (Exodus 4:1-5).

I’ve come to see that our tiny raindrops of service can be like a crashing waterfall to God.

When I reflect on my day, my week, or my month, I ask God to bring to mind some of my “raindrops.” He reminds me of a quick phone call to someone, lending an ear to a colleague, the card sent to share in someone’s sorrow, or that video chat with my niece. I hear Him saying, “You may see these as small and insignificant raindrops, but I see them as a mighty waterfall of my love.” What a shift in perspective!

Wonderfully, He has already added these good things into His plan. I don’t have to strive for a plan to serve … all I need to do is act on His promptings. He has prepared opportunities for the days ahead – which I will recognize if I keep in step with Him.




I still want to look for ways I can be involved in specific ministry and service, and I want to be available as my body and energy allow, but even more, I want to be sure to see the small acts of service as God does – mighty and powerful representations of His love in this world.

Your service may look different than it used to, but remember, God can turn something small into something mighty. Listen to His promptings as He guides you toward the good things He has prepared for you to do.


For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works,
which God prepared in advance for us to do.
(Ephesians 2:10 NIV)


Dear Lord,

Thank you for encouraging me today. You have used me in the past and You continue to use me today. It may look different, but in your economy, small things make a big impact. Help me to catch your perspective and see how You are using my life. I want to walk so closely with you that I recognize your promptings and act on them, whether I see them as big or small. Thank you for preparing good things for me to do as I head into this day. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.



  • When you reflect on your “raindrop” moments, what does God bring to mind that may have been a “crashing waterfall” to Him?
  • How is God using your life differently than He may have in the past?
  • When has someone done a seemingly small act that has meant a great deal to you?
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Kara Plett

Kara Plett

Chronic Joy® Staff Writer and Prayer Team

Kara and her husband Conrad live in Calgary, Canada, where she was a teacher for 28 years. She loves the Word of God and encourages others through her devotional writing. Kara felt led to write a book of devotionals (Searching for Sea Glass) when her journey with chronic illnesses pressed her into God’s arms of love more deeply. She prays that her journey and refinement will encourage you in your walk with God.

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