Saturday, March 3, 2012
STEP BY STEP, LITTLE BY LITTLE
By: J. Yoder
When I was a little girl, my mother gave me her prized “reader” to help me learn, just as it had helped her years earlier. I loved one particular story, never dreaming how much it would affect me years later.
It was about a little boy with a small shovel. He was trying to clear a pathway through deep, new-fallen snow in front of his house. A man paused to observe the child’s enormous task.
“Little boy,” he inquired, “how can someone as small as you expect to finish a task as big as this?”
The boy looked up and replied confidently, “Little by little, that’s how!”
And he continued shoveling.
God awakened in me the seed of that story at a time when I was recovering from a breakdown. I remember how my “adult” self taunted the weak “child” within me: “How can someone as inadequate as you expect to surmount so great a mountain as this?” That little boy’s reply became my reply: “Little by little, that’s how!” And I did overcome – by depending on God. But it was one small victory after another.
The obstacles facing Israel as they considered claiming the land God had promised them must have seemed insurmountable (see succeeding verse). But He didn’t ask them to do it at once.
“Little by little” is the strategy for victory.
Little by little I will drive them out from before you, until you have increased, and you inherit the land. – Exodus 23: 30
He does not lead me year by year,
Nor even day by day;
But step by step my path unfolds –
My Lord directs my way. – Ryberg
“Trust God to move your mountain,
But keep on climbing.”