I don’t own a crystal ball, and I can’t tell where seemingly random events are headed. But looking backward at time, events often line up like a connect-the-dots drawing.

A couple of nights ago I was thinking about how insignificant an action appeared, months ago when it was performed. I picked up a publication and read an announcement about the start of a leadership class.

That single event acted like the first domino in an elaborate domino design. It toppled the one next to it and so on and so on. Reading about the class led to applying for the class which led to enrollment in the class which led to community contacts resulting from the class.

Today I am part of things that depended directly on my reading that publication several months ago. On the face of it, the act seemed insignificant and unimportant.

This realization has led me to understand that no event should be treated lightly; everything has infinite potential. Not only that, none of us has the ability to judge what that potential could be: a conversation with a stranger, a good deed done for someone who needs it, or a word of encouragement to a struggling student.

God told us to be good stewards of the smallest things. Unknown to us, that may be where God choses to do His greatest work. If we don’t take small things seriously, we may find ourselves missing the best part.