Is God Too Big for the Small Stuff?
My younger sister, Rebekah, and I were leaving Starbucks. We were in a huge rush trying to make it home for our brother’s family birthday celebration.
We got in the truck (we’re Texan, ya’ll). I put the key in the ignition and tried to turn it. The key was stuck. It would not turn. This had happened to me a few times before, but with some big bangs and hard wiggles, I could typically get it to turn . . . not this time.
I tried for ten minutes to get that key to move, but nothing happened. I cranked that key until my hand hurt. I gave up. I threw the keys across the seat and said, “You try!” My younger sister banged and cranked and wiggled, but ultimately got the same results.
I texted my family, “Hey, Beks and I are trying to leave Starbucks, but the car won’t turn on. We will keep trying.” As soon as I sent the text my screen blacked out, and I realized my phone battery was dead.
Great! Now we were stuck with no way to contact our family for help.
In Case of Emergency Try . . . Prayer?
After trying for a few more minutes, I felt hopeless. I looked at Rebekah and said, “Maybe we should stop and pray.” In my heart I thought, I’m going to pray, but I’m not sure if this is a praying matter. Does God really care about the small details in my life?
I finished praying, and put the key in the ignition. I smiled at Beks and then went for it.
Vroom . . . vroom the truck key turned perfectly the first time. No bangs and shakes. No second tries. No problems. I was shocked.
Beks and I just laughed and wondered why we didn’t think to pray sooner. Why didn’t we take our troubles to God in the first place? Why was He our last resort? Why was He our “just in case of emergency?”
A Big God in the Small Stuff
That little car experience opened my eyes to the fact that God cares about the little details of our lives. He doesn’t just care about the big ones. He doesn’t want us to call on Him “just in case of emergency.” He wants us to call upon Him each and every day for the big stuff and the small stuff.
First Thessalonians 5:16–18 says it this way, “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”
These verses tells us to do three specific things:
- Rejoice always.
- Pray without ceasing.
- Give thanks in all circumstances.
Why would God tell us to do those things if He wasn’t interested in the little details of our daily lives? Why would He tell us to rejoice “always”? Always means . . . well . . . all the time. Every day. Every second. Always. That would include rejoicing in the little, boring, seemingly insignificant details of life. This verse also tells us to pray without ceasing. That means constant communication with God.
When we pray like this, God becomes who we run to first with our joys, sorrows, and troubles, not a last resort. And since God wants us to thank Him in all circumstances, we can know that He cares about everything that happens in our lives.
I want God to be a part of every area of my life. I want to think of Him first, not last. Instead of waiting until my hand has bruises from banging the car ignition, I want to talk to Him first. That’s why I want to challenge all of us to start looking for evidence of God at work in the little details of our lives.
I want 1 Peter 5:7 to characterize my life. It says, “Casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.”
- Turning to God first, not as a last resort.
- Casting all my cares on Him, not just the big stuff.
- Trusting that God truly cares about the details of my life.
Are you guilty of doing what I did and praying to God “just in case of emergency?” Think through this with me. When was the last time you stopped and prayed for God’s wisdom? When was the last time you turned to God first when you needed help?
I would love to work on this together. I want to make God a part of the little details of my life. I want to see Him working every day. I know He is; I just need to open my eyes and look for it. Will you join me in that effort?
Do you have any stories like my car story? Do you remember a time when God clearly worked in your life as a result of a specific prayer?
Written by Bethany Baird
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