Listening During Lent…Bit by Bit

     My Lenten Scripture reading the other morning took me to Isaiah 28 (ESV), and I was struck by the imagery of verses 9 & 10:

To whom will [the LORD] teach knowledge, and to whom will he explain the message?…For it is precept upon precept, precept upon precept, line upon line, line upon line, here a little, there a little.

     As I thought about these verses all during that day, I concluded my life—physically, emotionally, relationally, intellectually and spiritually—is made up of one decision, one conclusion, one choice at a time.

     A Google search for insights about the significance of small choices determining big decisions yielded a great quote from John Wooden, famous UCLA basketball coach. I thought the coach’s insight was especially significant during this season of March Madness when the region where I live is all atwitter because our Gonzaga Bulldogs will play in the Final Four for the first time ever a few days from now.

     The wise Coach Wooden said,

     It’s the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen.[1]

     The desire of a dedicated Christ-follower is to be transformed in greater measure to the character of Jesus. It’s a lifelong journey, which I’ve come to view as a lifelong adventure. Of this adventurous journey, I conclude:

My journey of transformation moves forward or backward

  • One step at a time.
  • One insight at a time.
  • One “Yes, God!” or “No, God!” at a time.

     I often prefer quick fixes and easy answers to life’s difficult issues, but that doesn’t seem to be God’s usual method of transforming a soul.

     It’s a process….

          placing one foot of faith in front of the other—one step at a time.

               practicing one new spiritual discipline at a time.

                    declaring, “Sure God, I’ll do that!” at a time.

                         trusting that as I act faithfully in the “little things,” God may cause “big things”
                         to happen!

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Blessings on your journey of transformation…

Sue Reeve



1 thought on “Listening During Lent…Bit by Bit

  1. The world we live in today displays everything in a super-size way… instant “Google” answers to our questions, texting instead of calling someone, following friends on Facebook instead of meeting up for coffee or dinner, and therefore, leaving many people with less and less patience in taking the “small steps” to accomplish these goals. Everyone tends to want things instantaneously, instead of taking their time….one step at a time, whereby you can really absorb what is happening and appreciate it much more before taking the next step.! The same holds true to our faith, allowing God to help us one step at a time and putting our faith in him for our next leap of faith. In this way, we gain strength, confidence and endurance.

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