“Little things”

The following poem or nursery rhyme came to my mind.  It is not mine, not original, and as far as I can find, it’s origin is unsure.

For want of a nail – rhyme

For want of a nail the shoe was lost. For want of a shoe the horse was lost. For want of a horse the rider was lost. For want of a rider the battle was lost. For want of a battle the kingdom was lost. And all for the want of a horseshoe nail.

For want of a nail – rhyme

 

From what I understand the purpose was intended to teach the reader the importance of the consequences of our actions.  I want to use the poem, which from what I gather was used in some form by Ben Franklin, in his “Poor Richard’s Almanac” to stress the importance of “little things.”  We sometimes get this idea that only the “big things” in life matter.  God specializes in using the “little things.”  A young boy’s lunch,  a young “ruddy” shepherd boy, a little child sitting on His knee to use as an object lesson.  Behind every great vessel, are many vital, little parts.  They say the Titanic was lost not simply from hitting an ice berg, but from the builders using rivets made of inferior quality materials.  A ship once thought of as unsinkable, lost due to tiny rivets (in comparison to the size of the ship).  We may be small or inconsequential in the world’s eyes or even in our own eyes, but in the hands of the Master, we may accomplish great feats for His honor and glory.  We can do all things, through Christ (Phil. 4:13, paraphrased).  God is not so much interested in ability, as in our availability.