All Things, Great and Small

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Jesus doesn’t have to lead us and guide us. He chooses to!

Yes, the Sovereign Lord is coming in power. He will rule with a mighty arm. See, he brings his reward with him as he comes. He will feed his flock like a shepherd. He will carry the lambs in his arms, holding them close to his heart. He will gently lead the mother sheep with their young. Isaiah 40:10–11, NLT

Sometimes it’s hard to feel special to God when there are six billion other people on this planet. As a mom of young kids, I knew I could turn to God for the big stuff—like when my husband and I considered moving two thousand miles, or for my husband’s new job. But did God really care about the little stuff? Did He care that my son spilled Kool-Aid on the carpet and I couldn’t get the stain up no matter how I tried? Did God care that I often felt like Play-Doh—smooshed and smashed and stretched—in my role as a mom? These things were hard for me to believe until I found Isaiah 40:11 during one morning of Bible reading: “He will gently lead the mother sheep with their young.”

The previous verses speak of God’s power and rule mixed with His tenderness and care. God can do anything. He is all-powerful. And what does He choose? He chooses to carry His lambs—His children. He chooses to gently lead mothers who have young.

Jesus said, “I am the Good Shepherd” (John 10:11).

Jesus doesn’t have to lead us and guide us. He chooses to. I don’t have to turn to Him for the big and small stuff, but my days are 100 percent better when I do. Yes, there are six billion people on this planet, but I’ve discovered when I’ve turned to Jesus in the dailyness of life He is there. To be led, I need to look to the One I’m following. The more I do that, the more I realize He’s closer than I think.

FAITH STEP: Find a 3x5 card and write out the Scripture, “He will gently lead those who have young.” Post it in places you spend time such as near the kitchen sink or in the bathroom. If you have young children, use it as a reminder to ask for Jesus’ leading in that moment. If you don’t have young children, use it as a reminder to pray for friends and family members who do—and who often get overwhelmed by the challenges of daily life.

Written by Tricia Goyer

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