Size Doesn't Matter
"But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times" (NIV).
Well, it's not the Mississippi River or Niagara Falls, but it has a vitality and beauty of its own. This picture is of a stream near Multnomah Falls in Oregon, a favorite of sight-seers. I know this stream does not get the attention that Multnomah Falls gets, but it attracted our attention. It has importance to the land it waters, to the plants that depend upon it for sustenance. Bethlehem was certainly not of major importance in Israel. Except for being the birthplace of King David, it had no great significance. Jerusalem was the biggest, most important city in Israel, but God did not choose Jerusalem for the birthplace of the greatest and future king of Israel, Jesus. This backwater town became the birthplace of the two most significant kings in the history of Israel. So, what does that mean for me? It means that I don't have to be big and important by the world's standards, as long as I am willing to be used by God. There are very many people that I know, that the President of the United States may never know, and my effect on their lives is immediate and intimate in a manner never attained by any president. So, Lord, I am yours to be used in my community.