Potential . . . The oak tree inside the acorn
Potential . . . A president inside the young boy
Potential . . . The little girl who grows into a beautiful, patient momma
Potential . . . The cute puppy who becomes man's best friend
Webster's Dictionary defines potential as "existing in possibility: capable of development into actuality."
Interesting, isn't it, how God sees the possibilities within an acorn, boy, girl, or puppy when sometimes we only see the small? He has a way of concealing Big things deep inside small packages. The tiny acorn, typically 1-6 cm long, can grow into an 80-foot-tall tree. People mature and develop into beautiful, influential adults accomplishing far more than we could ever imagine, even in difficult situations.
My mind travels to the small, defeated people of Isreal in the old testament. Yet, the prophet Jeremiah peened a letter during the Israelites' captivity. He stated, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11)
It took time, 70 years, but their future was freedom, a revival of their souls, and a rebuilding of their homeland. The Lord promised plans to prosper and give hope and a future when they were in a small and bleak place. Yet, through the promise of the Lord, Israelites rose with boldness to rebuild.
So today, my friend, if you feel small and less-than, it is time to stop. Just stop. You have been created to step into more than you probably could imagine. Even if you do not see the end of the story yet, it does not mean it isn't true. Even if you only see small - God sees something big and bold within. God sees potential when you see problems. He sees a way when all we can see is the wall.
God sees potential when you see problems. He sees a way when all we can see is the wall.
There is an awe of the tiny acorn growing into the big oak tree. However, my friend, you too can grow, live, and mature. There are big things inside little packages. Nothing created by God is inconsequential. Not the acorn, tiny boy, young girl, puppy, or you. You were made for big and bold possibilities. God sees big, bold, and beautiful when we see small. He is with you when you need to act on the miracle. As we trust Him, He will guide us to the strength and boldness needed to accomplish his will.
I encourage you to live out that God-given potential - do it even when you are afraid. He will give the boldness needed to accomplish his will because you were made for big, bold, and beautiful.
“And I am sure of this, that He who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.” Philippians 1:6 (NIV)
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