At one time our good Lord said, ‘;All things shall be well’; and another time he said ‘You will see for yourself that all manner of things shall be well’. And from these two the soul drives different understandings.Julian of Norwich. Revelations of Divine Joy; Long Text, Chapter 32.
‘Are not two sparrows sold for a copper coin? And not one of them falls to the ground apart from your Father’s will.’Matt 10: 29
One of my favourite books of the Bible is Nehemiah. I just love the detail. Did you know that it was the people of Hanun who set up the doors of the Valley Gate and repaired exactly 1500 feet of the wall towards the Dung Gate? I wonder if, as they sweated in their toil, they realised that some 2500 years later we’d know their name! I doubt it. God loves the small things that we do; they are precious to him. He notices.
There is a lovely book by Richard Rohr called Falling Upwards, A Spirituality of The Two Halves of Life. Anyone who has fallen, lost a reputation, endured a crisis will love it. Often, in the first half of life, we are consumed by the great, the good, the profound deeds, ambition, fame, fortune. The Great Quest. Then, after a season of stripping away we discover the futility in much of what we dreamed for, strived for, maybe even competed for. Our lives become focused on the ‘smaller’, yet more important things; family, small acts of kindness, silence. We appreciate less of what the world has to offer, and more the technicolour detail of what we have already been given.
ALL MANNER of things shall be well, Julian notes. God takes heed not only of the noble and great things, but also of the little and small, the humble and simple, both one and another. It takes many individual strokes to paint a masterpiece. The smallest things that we do will never be forgotten.