You only need to watch nature at work to be reminded that God can use things that seem insignificant to accomplish great things.

Termite colonies can spring up overnight and cause tremendous damage as they sculpt incredible gothic structures from clay. As a missionary child in Africa, I woke one morning to find one halfway up the corner of my bed, termite residents merrily devouring it and my newly purchased straw purse.

It seems impossible that these tiny insects could do so much damage in so little time. Even though they are small, great things are accomplished as each termite goes about doing what it was meant to do.

We often underestimate things that seem insignificant…and sometimes that means we also underestimate ourselves. I ran across this great quote by Betty Reese and it fits so well, “If you think you are too small to be effective, you have never been in bed with a mosquito.”. So true!

You may feel like you are insignificant, but God made you unique for a reason. He has equipped you with all you need to make an impact. In case the bug stories aren’t enough to convince you, just go to 1 Samuel 17:40-50. Here you will read about how David, with God’s power, defeated the giant Goliath.

“Meanwhile, the Philistine, with his shield bearer in front of him, kept coming closer to David. He looked David over and saw that he was little more than a boy, glowing with health and handsome, and he despised him. – Samuel 17:42-43 (NIV)

As the Philistine moved closer to attack him, David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet him. 49 Reaching into his bag and taking out a stone, he slung it and struck the Philistine on the forehead. The stone sank into his forehead, and he fell facedown on the ground. – Samuel 17:48-49 (NIV)

Imagine how weird it must have been to watch David, still a young man, standing before the giant Goliath! Here was a person who seemed too small to do anything of significance. But David had learned that God could do the impossible through him and was willingly determined to do whatever God asked him to do.

Ruth Thorogood is an author, speaker, entrepreneur, Communications Manager for Lausanne Canada and the Canada Representative for the World Evangelical Alliance. For more info: