Feel small, insignificant and hidden?
The smallest muscle in the body, the stapedius, is about 1mm long and resides in your middle ear. It contracts to pull back the stapes (the smallest bone in the human body) to protect the inner ear from loud noises, including your own voice. Without them, sound couldn’t travel from the outer ear to the inner ear and the body could not hear.
Right in the centre of your brain in a groove between the two hemispheres is the smallest organ in the human body. It’s called the pineal gland. It affects how we sleep, how we wake up and how we react to seasonal changes. A body with a messed up pineal gland may not be able to sleep, or able to wake up, or able to acclimatise.
These three body parts, the stapedius, the stapes and the pineal gland are three minute members of the body that nobody hears much, if anything, about. They are tiny and they are hidden.
There are definitely seasons where we feel tiny, hidden and unknown. It’s easy in those times, for a part of the body to look at other parts of the body and feel envious or maybe like they have failed because they are not big and visible. I’m not Bill Newman or Steve Grace or Ken Duncan or Pro Hart so I’m worthless: is the train of thought. It reminds me of what we read in 1 Corinthians 12:
15 Now if the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. 16 And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. 17 If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? 18 But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. 19 If they were all one part, where would the body be? 20 As it is, there are many parts, but one body.
21 The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” And the head cannot say to the feet, “I don’t need you!” 22 On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, 23 and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty, 24 while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the parts that lacked it, 25 so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. 26 If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.
And from Romans 12:
4 For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, 5 so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. 6 We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; 7 if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; 8 if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.
So a reminder from the Word. We all need each other. We are all an equally important part of the body because there are no unimportant parts.
But what if we are literally doing nothing at all? We’re not making any contribution to the body at all. In that case, seek God and establish what your body function is and then do it. If you can’t seem to hear from God about what your function is, then attend corporate prayer meetings and worship services and hang around afterwards and talk to people. I’m pretty sure your function will become obvious. But what if you’re ten thousand kilometres to the nearest church building? Get involved with something on line or take advantage of communities like that of Vision Radio. If you do whatever it takes to be a part of the body, eventually you will see what bodily function you are created to perform. It’s not a secret that God has hidden from you. He wants you to know what your function is because he wants you doing it. Ask Him. He’ll tell you.
Ever changing: Thy Kingdom come