The little toe of anyone’s foot seems a rather insignificant thing. We barely give it notice and not often is it even thought about. For me, that changed in a moment just last week. There I was with my mind on something else — certainly not my little toe — when the phone rings. I go to answer it and on the way my little toe gets rammed into the metal leg of my desk. Oh, wow! Suddenly, every fiber of my being was concentrated on that little, aching, seemingly, insignificant toe.
I hobbled and puffed in pain to the nearest chair. I drew my foot up to the edge of the chair to get a better look. It was already swelling. Quickly I got my ever-ready ice pack from the freezer and held it there for some time. It wasn’t just the toe itself that was swelling, but the whole top area of my foot near the toes. The next thing I did was to wrap the little toe and the one next to it together.
The next morning the swelling was still there but now colors of green and blue were appearing. With the writing of this blog, the color has changed to shades of deep purple. I couldn’t put full weight down on the foot so, with my apartment being carpeted, I sort of slid my way around.
That accident happened on a Thursday night. I knew I was to go to the airport to catch a needed flight on Monday. Would I be able to walk? Would the pain be gone? I had no idea so what did I do? I put out a major request for prayer. My little, insignificant toe was suddenly all important and it needed help and hopefully, quick healing.
As I hobbled through each day I couldn’t help but think of the verses in I Corinthians 12:18-21, 26-27: “But God made our bodies with many parts, and He has put each part just where He wants it. What a strange thing a body would be if it had only one part. Yes, there are many parts, but only one body. The eye can never say to the hand, ‘I don’t need you,’ and the head can never say to the feet, ‘I don’t need you.’ If one part suffers, all the parts suffer with it, and if one part is honored, all the parts are glad. Now all of you together are Christ’s body, and each one of you is a separate and necessary part.”
Do you ever feel insignificant, overlooked? Please take heart in reminding yourself that God has made each one of us completely significant and needed. He has a plan just for you and no one else. He has laid out your destiny from his own heart. You are a part of God’s overall plan for His church. He desires to use you to help fulfill that plan of sharing His love and the truth of Jesus with everyone.
Still feeling insignificant? Go ahead and ask Father to fill you with that sweet sense of His presence. Ask Him to show you His plan for you today. Ask Him to give you opportunities to show His love to someone else. He will gladly do so, because to your Heavenly Father, you might be a little toe, but if you are hurting, He will rush to comfort and ease your pain. You are indeed vital to your Heavenly Father. He loves you more than you could ever know for His love is immeasurable. Choose today to walk tall and joyful in the knowledge of His love and care for you. Don’t concentrate on being a little toe — concentrate of being chosen by Almighty God Himself to have a part in His Kingdom. What an honor! Walk on! Walk happy! Walk in great joy and thanksgiving!