Jesus Is a Friend
Small packages: Little, but not overlooked
According to an old saying, “Good things come in small packages.” A pint-sized dog named Boo Boo might agree. This long-haired Chihuahua is the world’s smallest dog. At 4 inches tall, she is barely bigger than a Popsicle stick. But she isn’t short on personality. The tiny pooch wears frilly clothes and loves to munch potato chips. When she was born, she was only the size of a thumb.
Thumbelina, the world’s smallest horse, weighs 57 pounds and stands just over 17 inches tall. That’s smaller than a collie dog. But the little horse brings big smiles to kids. Every year, Thumbelina travels the U.S., visiting sick, disabled and hurting children. When she isn’t on the road, she lives on a farm in St. Louis, Mo., where she bosses all the other animals — even the bigger ones.
Little can be cute, but it isn’t always easy. The tiniest species of frog lives in southern Cuba. The adorable amphibian is smaller than a dime. It is also critically endangered. By the time it was discovered, there were few left.
A fish found in recent years in Indonesia is also in trouble. Transparent and smaller than a thumbnail, it was overlooked for many years. People thought there were few living creatures in the peat swamps this fish calls home. Sadly, many of the swamps have been destroyed.
The Bible tells about a small man who had some challenges. Jesus was in town, and Zacchaeus was too short to see Him through the crowd. Zacchaeus ran ahead and climbed up in a tree. Some people might have overlooked Zacchaeus, but Jesus did not. Jesus cares about everyone. It doesn’t matter if you’re rich or poor, short or tall, young or old. Jesus wants to be your friend.
“When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, ‘Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today’” (Luke 19:5, NIV).
Though Zacchaeus had done wrong things, Jesus wanted to spend time with him. Jesus’ love made a huge difference in this small man’s life. Zacchaeus changed and became a follower of Jesus.
Jesus can do big things in you as well. You may be small, but Jesus’ love for you is large. He wants to be your closest friend.
— Christina Quick
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