Here is the part I love: Small beginnings can have big endings. A small acorn holds within it a mighty oak tree & all that.
Here is the part I hate: What happens when the 'beginning' was 10 years ago? What if I am in the middle of it & it is still small? I don't mind having no resources, no recognition and no growth at the start. Things take time...but then time goes by & I am now in the middle. I still have no resources, no recognition and no growth. I'm gonna be honest here. I despise the days of small middles.
Maybe you dream of being a photographer & started taking pictures a few years ago while keeping a side job until your business took off. Now it is 5 years later, you are still taking pictures & still working a second job because the photo business isn't growing the way you want.
Maybe your marriage & family life started off rocky. You poured your time & energy into improving it. And yet, years later you are still struggling with the same hurdles.
Maybe you have spent several years trying to get a prayer meeting going at your church. Every week only a handful of people show up. God promised a movement of intercession...where is it?
Then comes the dread. Am I not as gifted as I thought? Did I miss God's promise? Why is everyone else's project gaining speed and I can't get mine off the ground? Fear & insecurity rob us of any hope we have left.
Sure, there is the chance that what you are pursing is outside of your giftings & skill sets. However, I don't think that is usually the case. So, why shouldn't I despise the day of small middles?
Well, I go back to this verse:
"No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those
who love Him." - 1 Corinthians 2:9
I can't see, hear, or wrap my brain around what God is doing. I get so mad at what God isn't doing, that I don't see what He is doing. I look at the plan & can't fathom why it is so far behind on production. I should have my platform by now...what is the delay?!?!
What we don't understand is that God's plans for us are much bigger than our plans for ourselves. In our minds 40 feet of foundation is enough to build the things in our hearts. God says "No, you can't do this on 40 feet. You don't understand the scope of what you were made to do. You need 4,000 feet of
foundation." So, we have to wait. We have to build more faith, more character and more authority.
I don't know why your beginning was small. I don't know why your middle is small. I DO know that your ending will be big. Grand, marvelous and unmatched. Even if you don't see the fullness of it until heaven - you won't be disappointed.
God has specific plans for each of us & they can't be compared to His plans for someone else. When our middles are small, we trust that God is big. And we trust that He knows what He is doing - because He does.