Delighting in the Small and Ordinary

The gravel crunching beneath my feet makes a rhythmic beat. This path has changed a lot since we first started walking it. I’ve grown to love this path, with a sweet familiarity, like what you feel for a favorite dog-eared classic that you just have to keep returning to, even though you’ve read it dozens of times. This worn trail has worn a deep place in my heart.

It’s only been two years since we started walking this path, but the prayers lifted here have been numerous and rich, and the answers to those prayers are drenched with the faithfulness of God. The path lies along the perimeter of a piece of ground, not our ground, but God’s earth, a place where, long before we knew it, God planned for us to plant a place for His Name to be broadcast from, for disciples to be made and nourished, for a church to thrive and spread the gospel.

Don’t Despise the Small

As I’ve spent time on this path, a piece of Scripture often comes to mind . . .

“For who hath despised the day of small things?”

Yes, I know, nobody talks like that anymore, but when Scripture comes to mind, I hear it in the form of the old King James because that was my childhood Bible. I’ve heard this in my head repeatedly, and I’ve wondered, why does that Scripture keep coming to mind?

Today, as I pass over the same familiar territory, things look quite different than when we first started lifting prayers on our morning walks. Then the pathway was an overgrown jumble of weeds with an occasional rock, but today, the jungle is cleared, and a smooth gravel road circles the property. One day we may have asphalt, but that’s not a priority right now, and if it stays a gravel road—well, that is far more than most believers around the world have for their church.

“For who hath despised the day of small things?”

It’s no longer an open field that we’re circling, but the back side has been cleared and leveled and a house of worship stands to welcome those who enter the long drive. It stands as a testimony to God’s steadfast love. It is just one of many things we’ve cried out to God for in our time circling this land. But what we’ve most asked Him for, is that He will be glorified by what happens here.

Some Might Call Us Small and Ordinary ~

We are not a mega church, not even a large church . . . but we are a church family filled with believers who seek to live out the gospel and we have many young ones; children whose hearts are responsive to God’s work among us. We’ve been through deep waters together, some in this body have been under my husband’s leadership for more than twenty years, and there are many who we’ve invested in since they were children. We’ve had several temporary places where we’ve met through the years, and we were good with that. But the time came to leave our dilapidated storefront and move to another location. We spent months in long, hard prayer sessions, asking God to lead us before purchasing the property we now prayer-walk.

“For who hath despised the day of small things?”

The “day of small things” is a reference to the weak and humble beginning of the temple’s rebuilding .  I found that out one day after I went home from prayer-walking the property and decided to do a bit of research on this piece of Scripture. I’ve read the book of Zechariah many times, but have never taught through it, haven’t ever soaked in it, so the context of this statement was a bit hazy for me.

As I read through a few commentaries, this paragraph from one caught my attention:

God often chooses weak instruments to bring about mighty things: and though the beginnings be small, he can make the latter end greatly to increase. Though many of the Jews undervalued the mean and unpromising appearance of the second temple when it began to be built, yet, it is here foretold, that when finished they should rejoice in it.

“For who hath despised the day of small things?”

Now it made more sense why this fragment of Scripture has often come to mind while we’ve walked and prayed around the little plot of Timberlake property. This is a much smaller and simpler building than what we’d first hoped for. It will not have everything we wanted, or even that we felt we needed. But it is a gracious work of God, it is the gift that He has given us, small as it may look to others, it is where He delights to plant His Name.

As the warning to not “despise the day of small things” has regularly come to mind during prayer, another verse usually accompanies that (I usually hear it in my head in NASB, I know . . . it’s hard to explain why I think the way I do):

[box]“For the eyes of the LORD move to and fro throughout the earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His” (2 Chronicles 16:9).[/box]

These two snippets from Scripture work in tandem in my heart and mind while I walk and pray, or just while I kneel at home and pray. This verse from Chronicles is a precious glimpse into God’s activity and heart, but it is strategically embedded in a rebuke against Asa, the King of Judah, for his lack of faith. Asa made a pact with Syria and looked to them for help, rather than trusting God to be Judah’s sufficiency.

Both of these fragments of Scripture contain warnings and promises. As I read several commentaries for the Zechariah verse, I was stunned to find a relationship between the two phrases that have been ringing in my head for several months. (I love when God connects the dots for me!)

I’d only had a small fragment of the Zechariah passage in my head, with the 2 Chronicles verse usually following that. But look at what the whole verse in Zechariah says (sorry, KJV again):

[box]For who hath despised the day of small things? for they shall rejoice, and shall see the plummet in the hand of Zerubbabel with those seven; they are the eyes of the LORD, which run to and fro through the whole earth.[/box]

This may not give you the same jolt it gave me, but I sat there in stunned, and worshipful, silence for a bit. See that phrase about the “eyes of the Lord” running throughout the whole earth? This is the same phrase that kept coming to my mind and heart from 2 Chronicles, and every time it would, I felt like it was a reassurance from the Lord that He was watching over the work we were doing, and especially, that He was aware of LeRoy’s faithfulness as a pastor, and that even though this was a small and ordinary work in some people’s eyes . . . God saw it as a faithful and devoted labor for His glory.

One Precious Message from the Father ~

Now, as I sat poring over the commentaries and surrounding passages, the Zechariah phrase, and the 2 Chronicles verse blended into one precious message from the Father. He has been watching over this work, and He delights in supporting those whose hearts are fully devoted to Him. We should rejoice in this day of “small things” as it is His work, a “day” that is well pleasing to Him.

Tonight, our church family will dedicate this new building to Him. We will consecrate ourselves for service again, and take the Lord’s supper together in fellowship with Him and with one another. Tomorrow, we’ll open our doors to this community to welcome them and ask them how we can pray for, and serve them. And on Sunday, we’ll celebrate the resurrection together, in this little plot of ground on Timberlake, where God has faithfully led us to spread the light of His good news:

[box]To give knowledge of salvation unto his people by the remission of their sins, through the tender mercy of our God; whereby the dayspring from on high hath visited us, to give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace (Luke 1:77–79).[/box]

He never ceases to amaze me. He is gracious to call us to Himself, gracious to allow us to share the light He’s given us, kind to speak His Word to our hearts and give us understanding beyond ourselves. He is good. He is so good.

Will you join me in asking God to use our little body to glorify Him, small and ordinary as we are?

Photo Credit: Lindsey Landrum Photography


  • Peggy

    I am rejoicing with you at God’s provision. It sounds like you and your church family have a wonderful weekend planned, exhalting the name of Christ and dedicating your new building. May God use this church to be a beacon of HOPE to those lost in your community. God is faithful! Hosanna! He is Risen!

  • Rebecca Einwechter

    Hi Kim, So excited for you and the church family to dedicate and use your new building! May God’s name and glory be in and all over that special place. May all who come sense that Jesus lives! Blessings to you, and Happy Easter!

  • Kimberly Wagner

    Hello, Peggy ~

    Thank you so much! Grateful for His abundant goodness. Yes, He is risen indeed!!

    Good to hear from you. I hope you and your family have a blessed weekend ~

  • Kimberly Wagner

    Thank you, Becky!

    So wish that you could be here with us, too!! It’s a long-awaited and special day. So glad that Katie gets to be here with us for this!

    Love you much, friend ~

  • Mona Weaver

    Kim, Your story was like listening to my life. Now even more. When we purchased our banquet hall/ wedding chapel I felt God wanted more for it than we did. It was 15 years and I said…”God, what are you waiting for?” I always felt it was a church…A Prophetic Ministry also saw a church coming. Now we have a small church started. It’s been since 1/1/17. May God Bless your Ministry, Mona