“So these are the results of the registration of the people of Israel as conducted by Moses and Eleazar the priest on the plains of Moab beside the Jordan River, across from Jericho. Not one person on this list had been among those listed in the previous registration taken by Moses and Aaron in the wilderness of Sinai. For the LORD had said of them, “They will all die in the wilderness.” Not one of them survived except Caleb son of Jephunneh and Joshua son of Nun.” - Numbers 26:63-65
In a time when it was crucial to stand in their faith, Caleb and Joshua had refused to be swayed by their culture, their peers and the prevailing attitudes of the day. 40 years later, they are still standing with their greatest days ahead of them. They were the exceptions in their day and have proved to be exceptional in the light of history. Their names are being discussed - you are thinking about them right now 3500 years later!
Today, don't give in to that feeling of feeling like who you are and what you are doing is small and meaningless. You don't have the benefit of God's long term view of history - who knows how huge your impact might be? The thing you do have is the same God to trust in that Caleb and Joshua have.
Did you notice that last sentence? I said "have" - not "had". Jesus pointed out in Matthew 22:31-32 (go read it when you get a moment) that "God is the God of the living": Caleb and Joshua are standing before him right now. Their faith continues. You - stand on your exceptional faith in your epic God today! Stand with those exceptional people of faith in history who understand that public opinions come and go but it is always right to stand with our God even when you feel like the odd person out. Time will bear out this truth: your God is worth honoring and trusting. You - be exceptional today!
what is "spark"?
Its a small thing - like the flash on a spark plug that hopefully ignites something bigger to propel you forward.