How Small Is Your God?
We're used to being challenged by the question, "How big is your God?" Many of us have faced situations in our personal lives, our family, our jobs and other areas that if God didn't come through devastation would occur. The mountain was insurmountable and we called on God with faith the size of a mustard seed and saw that mountain thrown into the sea. (See Mt. 17:20) We are stirred with confidence when we sing songs like, "How Great Is our God", "How Great Thou Art", "Whom Shall I Fear?" and many others. They remind us of God's power and faithfulness to overcome anything we face. I've had many experiences that threw me to my face seeking God's miraculous intervention. Each time He is faithful. Though not every situation is resolved in the way I think it should be, His peace, comfort and love shine through and enable me to say, "It is well with my soul." Those "light" and momentary troubles always achieve an eternal glory in me. (See 2 Cor. 4:17)
The question I'm asking today is how SMALL is your God? Here's what I mean. Do you believe God is too great or too focused on the "important" things to worry about your daily, seemingly insignificant cares? I was with a group of women the other night and one remarked that she wouldn't thank God for a close parking space. He wouldn't care about that..or would He? Is there anything in scripture that shows He does care about even the smallest detail? Is there anything about His character that would suggest that? Is there a greater intimacy we could know with Him if we did discuss every detail with Him? I've had more than one experience that would point to a resounding, "YES!" He does care. Somehow these moments make me feel even more connected with Him. It's a reassurance that He sees me, He hears me and He loves fulfilling not only our needs, but sometimes our wants no matter how insignificant they seem. Can I share an example? (One of many I could choose from.)
When our son was 6 years old, we found ourselves in a tight financial situation. It was one of those times we were blindsided by unforeseen circumstances. When I say things were tight, I mean tight. Like my 50 year old body trying to squeeze into the cute shorts I wore at 20. It wasn't pretty from any angle you looked at it. My husband was out of town on a trip he had planned long before we knew we'd be in the situation we found ourselves in. I was trying to come up with something for dinner. I remembered a sweatshirt we had purchased for Brady for the fall. It hadn't gotten cold enough for it and it still had the tags on it. My plan was to return that and use the money to purchase one of those all-in-one frozen meal in a bag. I asked him to get ready to go to the grocery store. He bounded in all excited asking for a bag of Cool Ranch DORITOS®. My heart sank. The last thing I wanted him to feel was anxiety over our finances, but I knew there wouldn't be enough. We were cutting it close to buy the one bag of frozen deliciousness. He was sweet and understanding when I told him we were just going to buy what we needed for dinner, but maybe next time. The phone rang and I went to the back room to answer it while he got on his shoes. Not 10 minutes into the phone call, the doorbell rang. I hung up and went to see who was there. It was dark and I didn't see
anyone out the window. I opened the door and there on the front porch were 3 boxes of groceries. (Tears are coming now revisiting this sweet memory.) Right there in the center box on the very top was (you guessed it) a bag of Cool Ranch DORITOS®. And not the bag I would have purchased. The party sized bag! I can't tell you what it did for my son when I told him that God cared about him so much that He had a bag of Cool Ranch DORITOS® personally delivered to him.
Would you put that in the category of a significant need? Most of us would put it up there with the importance of a good parking space. I would have been moved to see the boxes of groceries, but the detail in which God came through imprinted an image of His character that I have carried with me ever since. He does care about the details. He does see me, He hears me and He's ready and willing to show me just how close He wants to be. Yes, the bag of DORITOS® in and of itself was not a make or break. We needed food. And dare I say something more nutritional. But the lesson and the strenghthening of our relationship to our Abba (Daddy) was something we could draw on for the rest of our lives. We've used that knowledge in our "make or break" moments. If He cared about that little detail, He cares about every detail.
God has reminded time and again of experiences I've had with Him when I'm tempted to worry or let anxiety take over. He reminds me of Philippians 4:6,7. I love it in The Passion Translation.
"Don’t be pulled in different directions or worried about a thing. Be saturated in prayer throughout each day, offering your faith-filled requests before God with overflowing gratitude. Tell him every detail of your life, then God’s wonderful peace that transcends human understanding, will make the answers known to you through Jesus Christ."
I've never found a place in scripture that places limitations on what we can talk to God about. The enemy is lying to you when he tells you God wouldn't care or that what you're concerned about doesn't matter. Every single situation is an opportunity for you to turn to God and experience His love and care. That is the last thing the enemy wants. As my tribe of women like to say, "Satan is a punk!" Take those thoughts captive immediately (See 2Cor. 10:5), start talking with the Lord and let His Spirit reassure you that He's near.
I'd love to hear how God has shown you He cares about the "smallest" things in your life. I bet your small things have made big impacts on your relationship with our Abba (Daddy) as well.