I heard a song recently that struck a chord with me. It wasn’t the tune which got me. In fact, when I first heard it, I was ready to dismiss the song as fluff, “gospel-lite”, not worthy of my attention. But the words convicted me deeply.
Too often, I’m derailed by small things, things that are so trivial it’s embarrassing to admit I’m bothered by them, “stuff” as Francesca Battistelli calls them. In a world where people experience deep suffering, why do I allow these small matters to rob me of joy and peace?
The Bible refers to small annoyances such as these as “little foxes that ruin vineyards.” Song of Sol 2:15
Many small things have great impact.
• A poor widow donated two small coins and was honored for it.
• A young boy shared a lunch of two small fish and five loaves, and it was used to feed thousands.
• The mustard seed is the “smallest of all seeds on earth. Yet when planted, it grows and becomes the largest of all garden plants...” Mk. 4:31-32
• “The tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark.” Jms 3:5
Small things can have large consequences -- negative ones or positive ones -- depending upon our response to them. We’re given a choice: to just be irritated OR to allow God to use these irritations to shape our character like a file smooths a rough surface.
This is the Stuff - Francesca Battistelli
I lost my keys in the great unknown
And call me please 'Cuz I can't find my phone
This is the stuff that drives me crazy
This is the stuff that's getting to me lately
In the middle of my little mess
I forget how big I'm blessed
This is the stuff that gets under my skin
But I gotta trust You know exactly what You're doing
It might not be what I would choose
But this is the stuff You use
So break me of impatience my frustrations
I've got a new appreciation
It's not the end of the world



Mari said...

I've been hearing that song as well, and in listening have thought about the little things that I let get under my skin. I'm afraid it happens too often!

Señorita said...

This post really hit home for me... So often, I dismiss stuff because of something insignificant when God has something deeper to show me; and I don't want to miss anything that God wants to show me!!

Linda said...

I too immediately thought it was corny but loved the words and have quoted it often. Now I look forward to hearing it! Meanwhile, Ray has lost 2 full sets of keys in 1 week back during Dana's winter break when he was shoveling and juggling all the cars! Wonder what God is doing with him!


Jill Kemerer said...

I'm a huge Francesca Battistelli fan! I've only heard this song once but loved it. And you're right--small things can be turned into big things by the Lord!

Jeanette Levellie said...

My hand is raised as a guilty one. Just today I let two customers upset me over little things. I repent. Thanks for this, Susan dear.

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Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Susan -

I sometimes allowed small "stuff" ruin my day. Now, I'm looking for the positives in situations and counting my blessings.

Susan :)

Rhonda Schrock said...

Giving thanks in all things is so hard, but it's what keeps those little foxes away.

Thanks for that reminder as I have three sickies this week and my Florence Nightingale suit is getting stained.

Waving and smiling,


Faith Imagined said...

I love Francesca, and "This is the Stuff" is one of my new favorite songs. You can tell she's a mother now! God many times grows our character in the small things! Thanks for the link :)

Jean said...

Oh, yes. All that insignificant "stuff" pushes me right into sin.

Like whining, complaining, being grumpy, snapping at people.

Lord, help me to let go of "stuff."


tina said...

A very timely message for me. I thank God for His disciplining. It proves He loves us. So the way we respond shows how much we love Him.

Karen Lange said...

Small and big things - He uses them all to get us where we need to be. :)