Legend has it that the praise for building the cathedral of St. Sofia was not given to the Emperor Constantine, but to Euphrasia, a poor widow who drew from her mattress “a wisp of straw and gave it to the oxen” that drew the marble from the ships. She provided a service that the Emperor couldn’t provide. This story underlines the fact that every person can contribute, somehow, in a unique way. Consider that the razor blade is sharp but can’t cut a tree. The ax is also strong but can’t cut the hair. Every person’s contribution is important. Every person’s life is a FAIRY tale written by God’s fingers.
That is why the Scripture in Romans 8:28 is so touching…and we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called per his purpose. God can draw good out of each event in our lives. Knowing that God is working everything together for our good brings comfort during difficult times. Therefore, let us ask for grace to:
- brighten the corner where we are, contributing to society in whatever state we find ourselves,
- believe that in every single event, no matter how small or insignificant, God can bring good out of it, and
- know that “the greatest use of life is to spend it on something that will outlast it.
Small things have huge effects in our lives and the lives of those we encounter daily. Make no mistakes, we can exist in a vacuum and the contributions we bring to bear may seem intestinal but when you examine the big picture, your self-worth and bottom-line is far greater in scope and magnitude than you can ever perceive or believe. I often as fold, if a butterfly brewing in the gulf can affect the overall trajectory path of a hurricane. Many laugh, as though I asked a rhetorical question but my response is usually…wow…you underestimate the power of small wind current.
I am not a meteorologist by any stretch of the imagination but the butterfly effect is real. The idea that small causes may have large effects in general and in weather specifically was used from Henri Poincaré to Norbert Wiener. One can’t know every little factor affecting the atmosphere — every flutter of every butterfly can, indeed, change the course of a Category 5 Hurricane. Each flap of a butterfly’s wings exerts a pressure on surrounding air molecules to thrust the insect upward. Each flap causes a tiny change in the air pressure around the butterfly, but this fluctuation is insignificant compared to the air’s total pressure, which is about 100,000 times larger. Changes in air pressure are one of the key factors involved in changing the weather.
Remember this, for every one (1) person you touch, you will impact the lives of 7,000 individuals over the course of a lifetime. To that end we, must realize that we have the potential to impact thousands of lives as we embrace the hymn of hope written and scored by James Arthur:
There’s a song in every silence, seeking word and melody.
There’s a dawn in every darkness bringing hope to you and me.
From the past, will come the future; what it holds a mystery.
Unrevealed until its season, something God alone can see.