It’s Christmas! For this year’s final post (not counting my year-end best-of list), I thought what better subject to share than Christ’s love for such lowly men as us. And also to share one of my very favourite Disney shorts, Don Bluth’s The Small One.
Don Bluth’s short, The Small One, touched me deeply when I first saw it. About a donkey too weak to help his master, this is one of the most relatable stories I’ve come across. We’ve all been there. We’ve all felt inadequate. We’ve all felt rejected at some point in our lives. We have all been small ones, and in a way, we still are.
If one could stand atop a mountain’s crest and gaze out at our vast universe, our presence wouldn’t even be a major mark. In fact, it would barely register. Our world is lost amidst the infinite galaxies and stars, and yet Christ calls us, “A chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God.” We are the rejects of sin, yet God calls us to draw near to Him and to do His good work so that He may bless us all the more.
In the short, the main child hands the donkey to an auctioneer in hopes to find a home. The auctioneer tells them to leave as there is no way it is worthy. The boy says, “But he’s kind and gentle, fit for a king’s stable.” At this, they all laugh and mock, however, in the end, it is Joseph who takes him in to help accomplish the very act of Christ’s birth. The birth of the King of kings. “What do you call him?” he asks. “Small One,” says the boy. “Small One? Well, he looks strong enough,” replies Joseph. It’s truly amazing to see God choose to use those humanity has labelled unfit to accomplish His will. It brings to mind another favourite film of mine, Don Bluth’s The Secret of NIMH. Courage of the heart is what is seen as true strength, not swords and brawn. Gentleness and kindness are what the donkey possessed, and it’s that very character that God sees as fit to carry out His will. One loving heart is stronger than a thousand cold men.
So as Christmas comes around, I want to encourage you all to reach out a hand to the fellow small ones. We’re all a part of the body of Christ, and there’s room for each one of us, God planned it that way. God bless you all, Merry Christmas, and thanks for reading!