Archive for April, 2013

Tiny – but Powerful

April 25, 2013


Sometimes life can present us with eye-opening events which truly leave us open-mouthed. Just recently a member of my family received a prescription from a G.P. for tablets which left this person with very severe side effects. Most of us have read some of these side-effects in the small print leaflet which is normally enclosed in the pack, for example… “may cause drowsiness, itching, rashes, high blood pressure, low blood pressure, etc. etc.…” On this occasion the side effects included a tongue covered in blisters and an irregular heart beat. I looked at the very tiny tablet which had caused these problems and could scarcely believe that something as insignificant as this could be the source of such worry, pain and anguish.

If we had read the leaflet properly we would have made the link between the (supposedly rare) side effects which were listed – and the reality of what was being experienced. Is it any wonder that most of us shy away from prescription drugs? I fear that some of these are carelessly authorised to the detriment of many and sometimes it is tantamount to using a sledge hammer to cure a pain on your knee! When I looked at that tiny tablet, I thought: “so tiny, yet so powerfully packed with dangerous elements…”

Just recently I had similar thoughts about the Boston bombing. This time the elements were somewhat bigger but comparatively speaking, small too, when we consider the widespread death and devastation that they caused. I thought, too, about the two young Chechen men who had been held responsible. How could just two people cause this much heartbreak and destruction? Did their parents (just two people) or even just their mother or father (one person) have a negative influence in the forming of their sons’ attitudes and opinions as they were growing up?

Then I thought about individuals and their every day lives and how just one or two words spoken out of turn can be a great source of hurt, depression or anguish to the person at whom it is directed. Tiny – but powerful, like the ripple effect when a small stone is thrown into a lake.

Finally I thought about those who own the Lord Jesus Christ as Master of their lives and how just one of their words “fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver.” (Proverbs 25v11) Yet sometimes those same people become discouraged because they think that their prayers, their words and their influence are of no avail. Still… “The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” (James 5v16) (Just one man.) And… “where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” (Matthew 18v20) (Just two or three people.)

In the community in which he or she lives, just one Christian can be like a grain of sand on an entire beach, but what an influence for good that one person can have on a multitude of souls, when his or her life is controlled by the Holy Spirit! Surely, as the old hymn declares… “Little is much when God is in it.”

“There is a lad here, which hath five barley loaves, and two small fishes: but what are these among so many?” (John 6v9) Yet, because Jesus was in it, this small amount of food sufficed the needs of five thousand people – and there was a surplus!

Just one life in the midst of thousands can have an influence for good that transcends all that is negative and evil in this world. Just one tiny life; yet how powerful it can be when it is controlled by that one Person who died that all of mankind might have the opportunity to escape a lost eternity.

“For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.” (Romans 5v19)