• Ebony L. Robinson

The Early Days – Small Beginnings

Joanne Rowling, better known for her literary pen name, J.K. Rowling has an interesting life story. She grew up in England with her parents and younger sister. She had a “normal” childhood, went to college, and started her career. In 1990 the idea of Harry Potter was conceived while sitting on a delayed train from Manchester to London King’s Cross. And over the next five years she began to map out all seven books of the series. However; life happened to JK – marriage, baby, divorce, lay off from her job, depression, poverty, death of her mother – it took a downward spiral. All she had was her child and a few chapters. Nothing much, it was small, minuscule, not a whole lot to shout about. But (I love this small word because it cancels out what is on the other side of the word. Can you shout right now please?!) in 1997, seven years after she was impregnated with these ideas, the first book was published. She has sold well over 500 million copies of her books. In 2017, Rowling was worth an estimated $840 million. What a long way from taking the train. Are you JK? I am sure while she was in the thick of her state, she despised it. Are you JK? Your story isn’t glamorous. No one would watch your Lifetime Movie. Maybe you are struggling, life has you penned against the wall. In the words of Langston Hughes from the poem, Mother to Son,

Life for me ain’t been no crystal stair.

It’s had tacks in it,

And splinters,

And boards torn up,

And places with no carpet on the floor—


You may be in that place of despising your situation. Maybe you despise your upbringing. Quite possibly you despise the little you had or even to get by. You are tired of robbing Peter to pay Paul. You are tired of being tired. Wondering when your change will come. In the book of Zechariah it was written to encourage the people who had recently returned from exile. Their faith in God was weak and they were not motivated to build the temple. They were in the rebuilding stage and he implored them to not despise the days of small beginnings.

“Who dares despise the day of small things, since the seven eyes of the Lord that range throughout the earth will rejoice when they see the chosen capstone in the hand of Zerubbabel?”Zechariah 4:10 NIV

My encouragement to you is not to despise the small beginnings because the power of God can render the smallest of instruments productive of His greatest work.

What in your life has been deemed as "small" that has been despised in your life? Change your attitude and rejoice in the works of God.