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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

The "Little" Things

I was speaking with a friend recently, and she was sharing a story about her senior year in high school when she had to purchase her senior portraits. As you know, these things are not cheap. Due to family hardships, she was forced to have to pay for her portraits on her own. She worked, she saved, and did all she could to raise the money, but when the day arrived that she would have to shell out the several hundred dollars for even the least expensive package, she was significantly short.

Through a series of miraculous events, and even someone who took advantage of one of them for their own financial gain, God provided the funds for my friend to pay for the exact photo package she wanted.

During the conversation, we both marveled in how God really cares about the "little" things in our lives. We often think that God is only interested in hearing from us when we're facing some life and death circumstance. I remember teaching a Sunday School class when I was in college. The class was made up of 1st and 2nd graders. During each class, we would take prayer requests. The kids would sometimes want to pray for their grandparent who was sick. Other times, one of the kids would want to pray for their sick kitty. You know what? We prayed for the kitty, too. Sure, it felt a little weird as a sophisticated adult to pray for Fluffy, but God cared because it mattered to that child, and they had the the simple faith to go to God with whatever they needed from Him. 

How I need to have the faith of a child.


Could my friend have survived without her senior portraits? Of course. But they were important to her, and the story of how God provided for her is something she shares all these years later, as she continues to give Him glory. There is no such thing as a minor miracle. 

Let's not be too "sophisticated" to think that something is too small for God that He wouldn't want to be bothered. If something is important to you, even if your life isn't teetering on the edge, it's important to Him. I don't know about you, but I am utterly and completely dependent upon Him. Every good and perfect gift comes from Him (James 1:17). 

I don't ever want to be guilty of trivializing God's interest in me. He cares about the things I care about. He even goes out of His way at times to give me love letters. I don't need a beautiful sunset to survive, but God paints a breathtaking tapestry on the canvas of the sky every single evening. Do I take it for granted? Sometimes, yes. But there are times when it doesn't matter where I am, He captures my attention with His handiwork. I close this with a couple photos I took recently of one of His masterpieces I just couldn't ignore, despite where I was at the time.






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