Yes, yes, I know, it’s not the first of the month. I just can’t help myself.
But I just feel the need to share a story today.
It’s a simple story, but so pertinent to every day life for every one of us.
Because I’m convinced that many people today feel that they can only come to God with big things.
Almost like He just doesn’t have time for anything but big stuff.
This could not be further from the truth.
His word says this:
“Cast all your anxiety on Him
He cares for you.”
I Peter 5:7 niv
When His word says the word “ALL”, which last we all knew “all” means “all”.
Think about it.
If you told your children to empty all the stuff out of their suitcase after a trip,
you would not mean take one sweatshirt out and consider it done.
When you mentioned the word “all” you were meaning, “all”.
The same goes for God.
When He says “ALL”, He means “ALL”.
He and that includes every itty-bitty need, as well as the great big stuff.
So it was on the Saturday before Mother’s Day. I had purchased some things for Liberty’s birthday, but did not have any gift bags to put her presents in.
Truly, not a big deal in the grand scheme of things, but to this mama, I just really wanted some gift bags for fun. Yes, grocery bags would have worked, but it’s just not as pretty as fun.
Autumn and Karl were visiting and Liberty, who could choose whatever she wanted to do for her birthday had plotted with Autumn that some of us would go to a few yard sales.
I whispered to the Lord, “It would be really sweet of you to provide some gift bags while we are at yard sales.”
So those up for it, Dw, Ruby, Savannah, Karl, Autumn, Liberty, Elizabeth and I, loaded into the car. We went to one yard sale and it turned out it was a fundraiser for two girls going to minister this summer in Africa. Pretty cool.
We went to a couple of others and were heading home. There was a sign right near our home. It was close to noon. We thought, “Awwww, why not?” We pulled up and jumped out. We inquired about a few things and as we turned to leave, what was on a blanket kind of near the van?
You guessed it, a bag of awfully pretty gift bags.
I was giddy.
I said, “Hey, how much is the bag of gift bags?”
The kind man of the house said,
“Awww, those? You can have them for free!”
“I was praying this morning for some gift bags, this is awesome! Thank you!”
He went over to the garage and got a little bunch of tissue paper and brought it to me,
“Here take this with it.” Do you see that bunch of pretty tissue paper?
Now, some might say, “What a coincidence!”
And I answer,
“Ummm, not a stinkin’ chance!
He gets all the credit!”
So what’s the bottom line?
God wants to be involved in our lives every.single.day
about every.single.thing….whether itty-bitty or huge.
He wants us to bring every concern to Him.
The gift bags?
They were just a itty-bitty bit of a ‘concern’ to me, yet I whispered it to Him.
Ya’ know why?
Because He said to
Cast All Our Cares on Him, Because He Cares for Us.
And when I mentioned it to Him…..
He was on it.
Just Cause He loves.
He loves you and He loves me.
And ya’ know what the amazingly cool thing is?
He not only will do the same for you, but He wants to!
Whatever the need.
Whatever the concern.
Whatever the problem.
There is nothing too small for Him to want to hear from you, or me.