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Little Things.

Little Things.

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BY REV. DANIEL MARCH, D.D.,




There be four things which, are little upon the earth, but they are exceeding wise. PROV. xxx. 24.
BY REV. DANIEL MARCH, D.D.,




There be four things which, are little upon the earth, but they are exceeding wise. PROV. xxx. 24.

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LITTLE THIGS.BY REV. DAIEL MARCH, D.D.,There be four things which, are little upon the earth, but they areexceeding wise. PROV. xxx. 24.THE ancient sage was safe in saying that " Therebe four things which are little upon the earth,yet exceeding wise." If he had lived in ourtime, he might have multiplied the four by fiftythousand, and yet the saying would have fallen withinthe limits of human knowledge. The world has madegreat progress in three thousand years. And still thewisest of men have much to learn from the little thingsof the earth.The research of modern times has discovered mil-lions of living creatures so small that the unassistedeye of man has never seen them the sagacious mindof Solomon and the masterly genius of Aristotle neversuspected their existence. And the more we know of their nature and habits, the more we wonder at thewisdom and power which God has conferred upon thelittle things of earth. If we compare ourselves withcreatures that are counted a pest and crushed without athought, we shall find that in many respects they havegreatly the advantage of us. The sum of faculties*bestowed upon man is indeed immensely greater; andyet in some one particular he may be surpassed by theL m
 
178 LITTLE THIGS.least and lowest of the brute creation. He has all theprerogatives of power and intellect fitting him to becrowned with glory and honor, and to have all thingsput under his feet the beast of the field, the fowl of the air and the fish of the sea. And yet he may seemuch to excite his wonder and admiration in the wormof the dust and the insect of a day.If we could move through the air with as greatrelative speed as the common house-fly, we could crossthe Atlantic Ocean and return in the time that wespend at our breakfast-table every morning. Look outof a railway car when it is in the most rapid motion ona summer's day, and you will see winged creaturessporting in the air, moving up and down, backwardand forward, keeping abreast of you all the while, justas if the car were standing still. The speed of sixtymiles an hour counts for nothing with the little crea-ture that plays at the window, apparently withoutmaking an extra stroke of the wing to keep up withthe flying train.If we could walk on the earth at as rapid a relativegait, or change our position with as great agility, asinsects that we hate and crush whenever we find them,we could spring to the top of the tallest steeple at asingle bound we could make the fable of the gianttaking a fifth of a mile at a step more a reality than afiction. If we could build ships that would carry usat as great a comparative speed as the boat-fly skimsthe surface of the water, we could leave our homes atLITTLE THIGS. 179
 
noon, pass around the whole circumference of theearth, and return with the meridian sun directly aboveus all the way. Our progress would keep pace withthe movement of the day, and we should only need tokeep going to experience a literal fulfillment of thepromise, " Thy sun shall no more go down." If ourhouses of worship were as large and strong in propor-tion to the size of the builders as the structures rearedby the termites in Africa, we should be covered bydomes rising five thousand feet above our heads, weshould pass 4n and out through doors and arches fourtimes higher than the highest church-spire in city orcountry, and our roofs would be strong enough to sup-port the weight of a million men.If we grew as fast from birth as the silkworm, weshould equal the size of the elephant in a month, andwe should devour food enough to support an army of three thousand men. If our organs of vision were onlyas numerous and complex as those of the butterfly, weshould have sixty thousand perfect eyes set in ourbrows to catch every hue and form of the view beforeus, and an extra pair to serve as watch-towers on thetop of the head. If our vocal organs were as strongproportionally as those of the canary bird, we couldmake ourselves heard farther than the cannonade of Gettysburg or Waterloo without straining our voices.If our bodies were as well protected against violenceas those of some creatures no bigger than a pin's head,we could stand all the cannon-shot in the world, and180 LITTLE THIGS.mind it as little as we now mind the smallest particleof dust that is blown in our faces by the wind.I run over these comparative estimates simply toshow that the infinite God has not gone to the extent

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