In order to see the small things, the wildflower or a grain of sand, we need to descend to the low places, to bow down. To see the universe and God’s tears in a little dewdrop, to observe small things and tiny movements, one must stoop to look.

The Magi came to bow down before the baby Jesus and to worship him. They were willing to lower themselves in order to meet Jesus, and in that baby, they recognized the hope of redemption for humanity. They saw the fullness of God.

Jesus used a tiny mustard seed to illustrate the kingdom of heaven, for there is an infinite future in a seed. In “History,” Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn.” Similarly, if one has kingdom eyes, a thousand trees can be seen in one seed.

Flowers are beautiful, but fruits are even more precious because seeds are in the fruits. Our lives are maintained and prolonged by things that come from tiny seeds. No matter how huge something maybe, if there’s no life in it, there is no future. In order to experience the power of gratitude, we need to be interested in the little things, as Jesus was. He wanted the little ones to come to him. He praised the servant who was faithful with a little. And he was thankful for five small loaves and two small fish because he saw God’s abundance in the little things.

God uses the humble person who values the little things. Mother Teresa, a small woman who saved many people with the love of Christ, described herself as a little pencil in the hand of a writing God. A small person with Jesus does a far greater work than a big person alone. God’s interest is always in things that have been rejected, for there is nothing unimportant to God.

Let us be faithful with little things. Let us consider little ones precious and love them. Let us make this world beautiful by having gratitude for little things.

Adapted from Spirituality of Gratitude by Joshua Choonmin Kang. Copyright (c) 2015 by Joshua Choonmin Kang. Published by InterVarsity Press, Downers Grove, IL.