In Search of Small

My son has had his eye on a blue iPod shuffle for several months. For his birthday the other day, my husband and I presented it to him. My son has been keeping a list of all the songs he intends to put on his new gift.  A few days ago my husband downloaded one song from his list. Yesterday, I took pity on him as he “shuffled” through his single song and we downloaded three more songs. NOW his shuffle can do some serious shuffling!

After receiving the iPod, my son saw my husband’s shuffle sitting on his desk. He picked it up and said, “Dad’s iPod is slightly bigger than mine.”

I told him that it was most likely because it was few years older. I explained to him that the more efficient technology becomes…the smaller it becomes. This bit of information seemed weird to him. I went on to tell him how computers used to be the size of rooms when they first were introduced.  A PC didn’t exist years ago because inventors had not yet discovered how to get all that information in such a small compact space.

I thought about this a little bit more after our conversation.  It’s an odd concept in today’s world when the bigger, louder and flashier things often get the most attention.  People have this desire to be seen, to be heard and to make a difference.   But computers do this in the oddest way…they shrink.  Smaller is the better and more desirable choice.

Hmm…maybe us humans should learn something from this. Maybe to make the biggest impact, there’s a better way.

I think about so many of the people God chose to use throughout Scripture. Most of them, upon hearing the news that God desired to use them, would respond with a rather dumbfounded “Who am I?”   Why me?” 

But, this was God’s plan all along…to use the ordinary and the small so that His incredible greatness would shine through…not ours.


But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. 1 Corinthians 1:27




5 thoughts on “In Search of Small

  1. bill (cycleguy)

    Excellent thought today Eileen. For what it’s worth: my dad once worked in a room where the computer was as big as a house and the room was kept at a cold temperature. He wore a sweater in summer it was that cold. never ceases to amaze (back to your post) how God has chosen the small and foolish to confound the wise.

  2. Tracy

    Hi Eileen, this is so true. Its like the victory God’s always gives those in the bible, less men, less weaponry, no possible human way, too small – thus only God could have done it. Great reminder to have more of Him and less of me…
    God bless


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