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Small Things?


“For who hath despised the day of small things? … They are the eyes of the Lord, which run to and fro through the whole earth.” Zechariah 4:10.

A drop of rain helps fill the ocean full. Three colors, red, yellow and blue, make a beautiful world for the eye to view. Eight notes in music compose every song ever sung or played. And 26 letters compose not only an alphabet, but an insurmountable array of literature and song lyrics.

And a mustard seed, the smallest seed, a fraction of an inch, produces the world’s largest herb. A plant that is as large as a tree — not to mention the multiplicity of other small seeds that make things grow.

I recently had heard Joel Harris, son of Tom Harris and wife Erma, speak at Tom’s funeral; a memorial service. Joel is a lawyer in Ozark, and did a masterful job speaking about his dad —and the recording of “Sweet Beulah Land” was the icing on the cake. No small thing!

“Sweet Beulah Land” was written by Squire Parsons in 1973 and recorded in 1979. He wrote over 1,400 songs and this is his most famous song. Edgar Page Sites wrote the hymn “Beulah Land” in 1876.

“Beulah” comes fro the Bible, of course: In Isaiah, it’s the new name God gives to Jerusalem, when the Jews come home from exile.

Almost Heaven, no small thing!

I was thinking of Tom and Erma’s three sons and their wives, eight grandchildren, one brother, one sister, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, and many nieces and nephews, and how prod Tom was of his family — he told me so, many times!

And then, I thought: God got it right. God always gets it right. Family, what a blessing! No small thing; and God’s eternal family throughout the world.

Tom’s life was about people and relationships. He was busier than a beaver. He told his three sons, “You can’t catch a fish if your line is not in the water.” Joe’s memorial lesson was entitled, “The One that Didn’t Get Away,” a story about Tom catching a 10.5 pound bass in a Cherokee Village, Ark., lake.

And I think Tom Harris was one precious soul that fought a good fight and kept the faith. And I’m thankful for that. No small thing!

This I remember.