“What the heck was THAT?!” I thought as I vigorously rubbed my hands together trying to warm up in my -30C car that was pitifully trying to revive out of its frozen state. “Aawww man, you’ve got to be kidding!! Seriously?” I groaned as I helplessly watched the monster crack spread all the way across my iced-up windshield. I tried to ignore my husband’s voice in my head: “Honey get the chip fixed BEFORE the weather turns cold and you have a monster crack on your windshield.” Well, the monster had arrived. And it was time for a new windshield.
In life we’re generally quick to deal with the monster issues or “big chips” that occur, mostly because they often leave us little choice. They are the life issues that press us into a corner, or scream loudly above everything else, “Deal with me now!” Usually even the most undisciplined of us comply. Or they are the blatantly obvious challenges to our convictions – the things that even the most weak-willed will stand up to.
It’s the smaller things we tend to overlook.
Like the little chips and nicks and the even tinier sandblasts to our windshield, we just put up with them. “There’ll be more coming…” However they are the ones that as they accumulate cause serious problems – hey can turn your windshield into a reflective glare of sunlight and actually blind you while you’re driving.
Daniel and his 3 friends are an excellent example of guys that understood the value of the little stuff. In Daniel 1 we see them choosing to deal with something as insignificant as food.
Daniel 1:18 The Message
But Daniel determined that he would not defile himself by eating the king’s food or drinking his wine, so he asked the head of the palace staff to exempt him from the royal diet.
This wasn’t an issue of saying no to sexy girls or bucket loads of gold or a quick leap into promotion. It was an issue of food. But there was something resolute in Daniel and his friends that they would remain true to their convictions, even in the small stuff. Or rather, especially in the small stuff. They would deal with the small stuff. Immediately. Because if you can’t say no to the king’s food, how will you be able to say no to his idol? (Daniel 3) They didn’t know the idol was coming their way but God did and God needed them ready.
The result of their resolute spirit?
God gave these four young men an unusual aptitude for understanding every aspect of literature and wisdom. And God gave Daniel the special ability to interpret the meanings of visions and dreams. When the training period ordered by the king was completed, the chief of staff brought all the young men to King Nebuchadnezzar. The king talked with them, and no one impressed him as much as Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah. So they entered the royal service. Whenever the king consulted them in any matter requiring wisdom and balanced judgment, he found them ten times more capable than any of the magicians and enchanters in his entire kingdom.
What little chips do you need to deal with? What little issues have you been putting up with that have actually become vision blinders? What little things is it time to take a stand on? Deal with the little sandblast nicks. Deal with the little scratches. Don’t allow them to accumulate. Replace the windshield of your life – replace your perspective, your vision, with Heaven’s perspective, Holy Spirit inspired and directed sight. Allow the power of God’s Word to become the window you view life through. Allow the steadfast character of God to be the window you look at circumstances through.