When you feel small

when you feel small PJ

There are days where we feel so insignificant, invisible even.

It seems as if we blend into the air around, lost in the ether.

Our voices feel weak as tiny bird. Our words fall flat on ears deaf to their sound.

Our place in the here and now looks insubstantial, shaky and small.

It feels like we’re hardly here at all.

Do you have days like that? I do. 

They are red flags to what’s going on inside of us. Warning signs to heed.

They are white flags of surrender. Cries for help beyond ourselves.

Because God becomes our only safe shelter in a world where we feel less than all He made us to be.

He knows the vagaries of the human heart. He listens to every beat it makes. Hears the inner laments and anguish of a soul in torment.

And His Father-heart cries over the cruelty of a world that scorns His Son and tears His children apart.

Because He knows how wearied we can become and how we are made for far more than this world offers.

I’m thankful for those who see, who hear, who listen, who respond and make me feel I have a voice, a tiny place of worth in the scheme of things.

But I’m grateful most of all for the unending, unconditional love of God who helps me to become all that I can be by His grace.

There are no losers, no left out people, no invisible or discarded ones in God’s Kingdom. We are people of great worth and value in His eyes.

We are the grace dwellers, the truth tellers, the anointed, redeemed, blood-bought children He loves beyond measure.

Yes, here.. and now, living in this upside-down kingdom, topsy-turvy world we’re in, we are very significant to Him.


We live in a world addicted to gain

to ascending the summit of success

to amassing, collecting largesse

And yet you call me to dwell here

abide in quiet shadows of surrender

where I sense the humiliation

of my life so small against

the largeness of your love

Here I am nothing, yet remain

everything to you; my emptiness

the reason for your pouring,

filling, overflowing measure

of grace into every dark

and empty space inside my heart

Because your love leads me into

encounter, renewal, fresh start


When you feel small in the eyes of the world, remember Whose you are, my friend. Such thoughts stirred the  5 minute poem above.

I’m blessed to be joining in with the wonderful writing community that comprises Five Minute Friday. Today’s prompt is:‘Here’. Kate Motaung is our gracious hostess.

You’re very welcome to come and join us at her place as we celebrate the first anniversary of her time hosting this link up.

Also adding to the soul refreshment being served over at Bonnie Gray’s place for Beloved Brews. Do come over and take a fuel stop there.. 🙂

encounter PJ pin


12 thoughts on “When you feel small

  1. Hi Joy,

    So nice to meet you.

    Wow, your post really spoke to my heart. (loved your poem too!) God has been speaking to me on this very subject and so many of your words reminded of what He has been whispering to me as of late.

    thank you for using your words to encourage my heart and help me to walk it out.

    mama to 8
    one homemade and 7 adopted

    • Hi Kimmie. It’s good to meet you too! It’s also lovely to hear how God has used these words to reaffirm His heart’s desires for you. Thank you so much for stopping by. God bless you, friend. Hope you can call in again when you have the time. Being a mama to 8 must be all-consuming for you! 🙂

  2. You don’t even know how this ministered to me. I do feel small, more often than not, even around those I love. Thank you for this encouragement.

    • You too, my friend? It’s endemic for so many of us. Can I let you know you’re one of the ‘big’ bloggers I respect enormously and look up to? And in my eyes you are far from small. Bless you for stopping by to encourage me with your comment. I love to be the means by which God speaks to others. 🙂 x

  3. You have such a gift for taking issues that we as women wrestle with and leading us to the beauty of Christ and His love for us. I always reread your poetry several times to let the full effect of God’s truth to settle in my mind and heart. And it’s always so timely.

    • Hi Amy. Your words left me speechless, my friend. It’s not often someone does that! I’m so touched and encouraged by your lovely comment. Thank you for letting me know how the words God gives me are impacting you. It means a lot, really it does. Your own reply here is timely for me too as I wrestle to put an anthology together! Bless you. 🙂 x

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