Often we go to God in prayer when there are major crises in our life. Things are beyond our control or bigger than us and we look to the only One we know Who is greater still.
We just have to look at the night sky or pictures from the Hubble telescope to see how insignificant we are and that God is beyond anything we can begin to imagine. The scope of our universe and the power exhibited there is frightening. Yet we who believe in and know God and His son Jesus understand He is in control and loves us.
With this in mind we seek Him, pour out our souls and lay our desperate situations before Him and plead for help.
And this is as it should be.
God is also the God who created the atom and the nucleus of the atom which is composed of protons and neutrons. An atom is so small that 10 billion could exist on the smallest speck that humans can only see through a microscope! We can’t see them yet they are what everything in the universe is made of. God is in control there as well.
Yet how often do we forget to ask for prayer in the little things in our lives.
I recently was on a family vacation at a cottage on the beach. On one day, after we had spent a wonderful time of sunning, reading, swimming and boogie boarding the “kahunas” , it was time to go up and get supper ready. Gathering our beach paraphernalia, I looked for the key to our cottage in my bag. It wasn’t there. I looked in my chair. Nothing. I asked my husband if he had it and he didn’t. Frantically we began searching my bag again, taking everything out, shaking stuff and then scouring the sand around us. No key. No one else had it or had seen it. The waves had been big that day and washed up close to where we were sitting and so we figured it might have been washed off the sand after it fell out of my bag. I couldn’t believe it had happened! How could it have happened? We were locked out of our cottage and couldn’t get hold of the owners! I was furious with myself and became, as usual, self- recriminating.
My one son and his little family prayed that God would help us find the key but I didn’t believe it was possible. It was gone. My other son managed to get the screen off of the back window and lower his 4 year old in, who then opened the front door for us. At least we could cool off and eat. However, the key would need to be replaced and someone wondered if it would require a locksmith. Stress levels rose! I became a bit morose as I sat with my youngest grandchild while his mother ate. Then I looked at this sweet baby boy and remembered I had much to be grateful for. I apologized to my heavenly Father and asked forgiveness.
When my daughter-in-law retrieved her baby, I went in to our bedroom to change out of my wet swimsuit. As I pulled down the top of it I had one of those moments where your brain can’t quite compute what it is seeing. There on the right side of my chest was the cottage key clinging to my skin!!! Now, don’t tell me God doesn’t have a sense of humour!!!!
I could’t understand how it got there, then remembered tucking it into my bathing suit strap on the lefthand side before bringing some snacks down to the beach because my hands were full. How did it get to the other side? How did it not get washed out when I was swimming in and plowing into the big waves that day? God, that’s how.
He must have smiled while keeping that key safely next to me, anticipating the quiet prayers of my husband and the sweet prayers of my son and his little girls. Patiently waiting for me to acknowledge His blessings in my life and repent of my unbelief before revealing His care for me even in the “micro” things.
Our all powerful, majestic, indescribable God who holds the universe together is also the God who is gentle, compassionate, loving and cares about the minute problems of His little girl who is less than a dustmote in the grand scheme of things.
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” Philippians 4:6 NIV
“Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 NIV
Needless to say I became the joke of the week but that is okay. It gave me an opportunity to speak truth into my granddaughter’s life as I thanked her for praying for me. It has been a constant reminder to me that my Lord cares about me intimately, in the big and small. He seems so much closer now.
Friends, don’t forget that our loving Father cares about EVERYTHING in your life, not just the mountains but also the specks of sand. Talk to Him, He wants to hear it all.