In the current climate, it would be understandable – but not accurate – to feel that God is somehow far too busy with the more important matter of fixing the Coronavirus pandemic, to be concerned with something as inconsequential as the details of our individual lives. But this sentiment is not biblical. God is not somehow so preoccupied with global matters that he takes his eye off his children. He absolutely cares about the little things that happen to each and every one of us.
We do not have to delve very far into Scripture to find examples of God’s concern for the small things. We might look at Luke 12:6-7 where God remembers birds that people sell for next to nothing; they matter little to humans, yet are of great importance to God. Jesus assures us that we are worth much so more than that. Of course God cares! He cares enough to number the hairs on our heads.
“Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? And not one of them is forgotten before God. Why, even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not; you are of more value than many sparrows.”
Or we might turn to a similar passage in Matthew 6:25–33 where Jesus advises us against worry. He emphasises how, if God provides for birds and flowers – things that pass quickly and are considered small to humans – how much more will He care for His beloved people.
This is a God who is intimately involved in and concerned about the lives of His people. In thinking about this theme recently, two particular stories have struck me in relation to God’s deep concern for the small things:
A packet of crisps and a can of coke
The first – an amazing testimony of God’s grace and healing – which circulated on Social Media a few weeks ago, involved Pastor Lee McClelland, a North Belfast pastor who fought Covid-19 and triumphed. He has been vocal in giving testimony of God’s unusual provision, stating that in his hour of deepest need, God sent him a cleaner in hospital to help him pull through. Isolated and alone in a hospital bed and fighting for this life, Pastor McClelland was visited by a cleaner, who, when leaving his room that day, offered a simple prayer from the doorway.
“He stood at that doorway and he pleaded that God Almighty would spare my life and to continue to use me”
That night, Pastor Lee’s health began to turn around. He credits his Covid-19 survival to the cleaner’s prayer.
Of course, this story is miraculous in itself, and not in any way a small detail, yet but my eye was drawn to a finer detail of Pastor Lee’s testimony, a lovely moment of Jehovah Jireh provision which happened after this dramatic health turnaround took place. On feeling well enough to eat something, Pastor Lee found himself lying in the hospital bed, craving a particular flavour of crisps and a can of coke.
“The next morning the cleaner came, he brought in a bag and in that bag was two oranges, a tin of Coke and a packet of prawn cocktail crisps!”
You can hear Pastor Lee’s whole testimony here:
The second testimony was shared just last weekend by a member of our HiH team, Dave Foggon:
Jesus is still a carpenter
“Heaven hasn’t gone into Def-Con 4. He is not saying that we need to forget about the little miracles right now, because they have a big problem to fix. God still cares about the little things. They are still important to Him. I was reminded of this a few weeks ago, in the middle of the situation where my wife was really unwell, and I was actually doing some DIY. Now, my wife will tell you, if you want to see my ugly side, come round while I’m doing some DIY! I was building a table, I wasn’t necessarily following the instructions particularly well, and I realised at one point that I was starting to get into a bit of a bad mood. I could see the warning signs, so I just stopped for a minute and I thought, “I’m just going to rest in His love”, and I decided to finish the rest of it just singing to Him in my heart. And then I got to a point where I realised that I’d put a massive, important section of the table the wrong way round, and I’d properly secured it incorrectly, and it was going to take me a long time to sort it out. And I just thought, “Oh well, I’ll just let that go, it’ll be fine”. So I carried on doing some other things, and when I turned around, I saw that that section of table had been turned around and put back in the right way round. And I’m like, “Really? Right now?” But it’s not like God has changed, and none of this matters anymore. In the middle of the storm, God is doing DIY for me.”
You can hear Dave’s testimony during Eastgate’s Sunday Online service, here:
Be encouraged, especially in this season, to lift up your eyes amidst the detail of life to find a God who is ready and willing to surprise us with his care and concern for the small things – the things that nobody else is aware of, but the things that do matter to us. In doing so, we find comfort in a God who is unchanging, and a God who is aware of and capable of dealing with the bigger things as well.
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