Little Is Much When God Is In It

From “Then Sings My Soul…”

 

"Little Is Much When God Is In It"

 
Kittie Louise Suffield (1884 - 1972)

 

"A little one shall become a thousand, and a small one a strong nation. I the LORD, will hasten it in its time". Isaiah 60:22

One snow-blanketed night, Canadian Fred Suffield awoke to an urgent pounding on his door. A half-frozen man reported that a train had stalled in the blizzard, and the passengers were in danger of freezing to death. Lighting a lantern, Fred followed the man to the site and led the travellers back to his house. Later one of the passengers, Kittie, wrote a thank you note. Fred replied, and Kittie wrote back. Their correspondence led to courtship and to marriage. Some time later, Fred and Kittie attended a church in Ottawa pastored by Rev. A.J. Shea, and there they gave their lives to the Lord. As the couple grew in Christ, they entered the ministry of evangelism. One summer they invited Shea's son, George Beverly, to spend a month with them in Westport, Ontario, holding evangelistic meetings. One night, accompanied by Kittie on the piano, Bev attempted to sing, but his voice cracked on the high notes, and he sat down mortified, vowing never to sing again. Kittie wouldn't hear of it, suggesting he sing in a lower key. He did, and he kept on singing, and singing, and singing. Kittie wrote many songs, including "God Is Still on the Throne." But the song that was the theme of her life and she used to influence George Beverly Shea was “Little Is Much When God Is In It."

Many years passed, and in June of 2000, Billy Graham came to Nashville, Tennessee, for a four-night mission. Author Robert J. Morgan writes:  "My wife and I were privileged to attend a reception for the Graham team just before the meetings began, and George Beverly Shea, 92 at the time, rose to sing. His rich baritone voice broke into a song that had been written 73 years before by Fred and Kittie: "Little Is Much When God Is In It.” I thought it a strange choice of hymn. We were on the verge of the greatest evangelistic effort in Nashville's history, headlined by the most famous evangelist in the world. And Bev Shea's song was about the littleness of our efforts. But later I realized how perfectly the song fit. Compared to this great mission to untold multitudes, our own individual ministries seemed small and insignificant. But God uses little things in great ways. A tiny acorn may produce a forest. A spark may ignite a revival. A small church may produce the next far-famed evangelist. Don't be discouraged if your place seems small. You're doing more good than you know.

“In the harvest field now ripened,

There's a work for all to do;

Hark, the voice of God is calling,

To the harvest calling you.

Does the place you're called to labour

Seem too small and little known?

It is great if God is in it,

And He'll not forget His own.

When the conflict here is ended

And our race on earth is run;

He will say, if we are faithful,

"Welcome home, My child well done."

Chorus: Little is much when God is in it,

Labor not for wealth or fame;

There's a crown and you can win it,

If you go in Jesus' name.”