Thursday, February 20, 2014
Is God involved in the little things?
God is big enough to be interested even in the minutia of our lives ...
"The Lord directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives," Psalm 37:23.
We're often quick to discount God from the little things in our daily experience. Kind of like the woman who was rushing home from a doctor's appointment. The doctor had been delayed at the hospital, and the lab work took longer than usual, so by the time she left the clinic she was running behind schedule. She still had to pick up her prescription, pick up the children from the baby-sitter, and get home and make supper, all in time to make it to the prayer meeting at church that evening. As she began to circle the big Walmart parking lot, rain began to fall in torrents. While she wasn't usually the type to bother God with small problems, she began to pray as she turned down the row closest to the front door.
"Lord, you know what kind of day I've had, and there's still an awful lot to do. Could you please grant me a parking space right away, oh, and close to the building so I don't get soaked?" she prayed aloud.
The words weren't completely out of her mouth when she saw the backup lights come on a car at the end of the row. It was the best space in the whole parking lot, right next to the handicap spaces and directly across from the front door. She made straight for the parking spot and as she pulled in she said, "Never mind God, something just opened up!"
God may not always handle our parking needs, but don't discount it either. Wherever you are, He is also there, and "... He delights ..." in the details of your life!
"Whatever is good and perfect comes down to us from God our Father, who created all the lights in the heavens," James 1:17.
Some of those good things are little things, God displaying His love in the details of our everyday living. That's one reason why scripture directs us to pray without ceasing --- to have an ongoing conversation with God throughout our day --- because He's walking through it with us. God doesn't get bored with our mundane moments and wander off, He's with us in the casual moments as well as the difficult, challenging, trying, and exciting times.
Do you invite God into the routine aspects of your life? Do you see His handiwork in the little things? Or do you only see Him in the big moments that we think are more important?