This year the daffodils, a flower closely associated with the country of Wales, have arrived well before the day designated for their patron saint. St David’s day, due to be celebrated this coming Friday, is when we acknowledge the ministry of the man. Whilst there are many amazing folktales as to how he was blessed by God, perhaps his most telling and helpful witness to be passed on through the ages were the words of wisdom, given to his followers shortly before his death.
"Lords, brothers and sisters, Be joyful, and keep your faith and your creed, and do the little things that you have seen me do and heard about. And as for me, I will walk the path that our fathers have trod before us." "Do ye the little things in life”
Andy our preacher last Sunday made reference to these words when reflecting on the latest instalment of the story of Elijah, found in 1 Kings 19. For whilst again it might be tempting to be taken up with all the extraordinary acts of God in this chapter, it is perhaps the small things, ensuring that Elijah had sleep, food and drink for the journey, that were most valuable for his wellbeing.
As we approach the season of Lent, perhaps in addition to creating space for God (as again Elijah experienced), we might choose to pay attention to the small things that might make a difference, impacting our relationship with God, our neighbour, and perhaps our world too!