August 11, 2018
God Helps in the Small Things
But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. – Philippians 4:19
Our camera was missing. I had searched for it in all the usual places, and I had retraced my steps through the house, checking some more obscure possibilities. No camera.
It was not that the camera was so tremendously valuable, nor was there a family birthday party or vacation on the immediate horizon that would require me to take pictures. Nevertheless, the fact that the camera was missing continued to intrude upon my peace of mind over a period of several days.
One night, after waking up in the middle of the night and finding myself pondering this problem yet again, the thought came to me: God knows where that camera is. Staring up at the ceiling I thought, He can see that camera right now. Why should I waste any more time worrying about it? I cannot say I specifically prayed that God would show me where the camera was, but suddenly I was not concerned anymore—I actually started to drift off to sleep. Then something just said, “Go look in your daughter’s box of hair ribbons.”
You can probably guess what happened next. I got up and headed for my daughter’s bedroom, and sure enough, there was the camera, buried deep in loops of multicolored satin.
This incident illustrates an important fact about God: He cares about the little details of our existence! Our focus verse says that God supplies all our need. Notice the word all. He loves us enough to meet us wherever we are, and to walk with us through our world of lost dogs, sick kids, and finicky cars. He does not refuse to give us wisdom when talking to a teacher about our son’s reluctance to go to school just because it is a minor matter compared to world hunger and national disasters. Nor does the fact that we really cannot afford to replace the refrigerator this month escape His notice. He cares! And He will help.
Of course, that does not mean that God will provide a “quick fix” for every problem we encounter. Yes, He may step in and intervene miraculously. At other times, though, the dog may never come home, and the refrigerator may quit running altogether. But if we have talked to God about the situation, we have an assurance that He has His hand over it. He will give us the help He knows we really need, and sometimes that will be His all-sufficient grace.
Whatever is facing you today, be assured that God cares. Bring your concerns to Him and experience for yourself that He truly is there to help in the big things—and in the small things!