Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The little things...


On a recent sleepover my ten year old grandson came running out of the bathroom,  dripping wet, a towel barely covering him.  "The paintings!", he shouted excitedly, "The paintings were in my bag!"

In August my daughter and her family went to Disneyworld in Florida.  In Epcot Center's world showcase they visited "France".  Knowing that my dream trip would be to visit France my grandson bought me a little painting of Paris and my granddaughter, his big sister, bought a similar one for herself.  However, when the whole family arrived back home the paintings were no where to be found.  My daughter searched the baggage, called the hotel where they had stayed, and contacted the airlines all to no avail.  It appeared that the paintings had somehow been lost for good.

When my girls were small, one of the ways I taught them that God cares about all of the things we care about, was to teach them to pray even about little things.  We prayed over lost items frequently.  It's so easy to get worked up and frustrated when we lose something, so I taught them to calm themselves down and ask God to help them.  My daughter and grandchildren prayed about the paintings, but after weeks had passed, they had pretty much given up.  Until that evening when my grandson found them in the one zipped section of his carry on bag that he had never opened since coming home.  (Even though he'd used the bag on a few occasions.)  He was so excited, as was his sister and his mama when he called her to tell her.  They all commented on how they had been praying that they would find them.

The other day I was dusting my shelves that are made out of old reclaimed wood.  A sliver got deeply embedded in my right forefinger.  It was painful!  I spent the next half hour trying to remove the splinter with a needle and tweezers, all with my non-dominant left hand.  (It brought back all of the childhood memories of fit throwing whenever Daddy would try to remove a splinter I had gotten.)  It hurts!  I was getting more and more frustrated the more time I was wasting trying to get that splinter out.  Finally, I stopped and and asked God to help me.  No kidding, the very next moment my tweezers finally grasped the end of that splinter and pulled the whole thing right out, slick as a whistle.

The very same day as the splinter incident, I couldn't find my favorite ink pen for journaling anywhere.  I said a quick prayer asking God to help me find it and then I turned to make my bed.  When I picked up the comforter, giving it a shake to smooth it out, the pen came flying out of the comforter, practically hitting me in the face!  I had to laugh at God's sense of humor.

Not every prayer we pray is answered so obviously and not every prayer we pray is a little one.  Some of our prayers are about life and death situations.  The point is, God cares, God is listening, God hears and answers.  Nothing is too big and nothing is too small to talk to Him about. 

Casting the whole of your care [all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully. (1 Peter 5:7 Amplified Bible)

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37 comments:

  1. this is so true, I lost my umbrella not a small thing, in Oregon in the rain. I was disappointed that it was gone, since it was cute and small. Today in the car I 'got the feeling' to look under the passenger seat. Sure enough it had been kicked under the seat probably by a grand child. So pleased to find it and I thanked God for the 'nudge' to look.

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    1. I love that God cares so much, even about the little details of our life.

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  2. We recently found a lost item that we had prayed about a long time before we found it. I love how God shows us His involvement in our lives and how He longs for us to interact with Him all the time. That is so very amazing.

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    1. Kathleen, I love that about our God as well, His interest in all that concerns us.

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  3. Elizabeth,
    I love hearing about how God cares about the little things in our lives! Love your painting -- I visited Paris two summers ago -- and know how delighted your family must have been to find them! (Visiting here today from Holley's link-up.)

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    1. Valerie, going to France someday is my dream. In the meanwhile I cherish this little painting from my grandson and the memory it holds of God's care even in the little things.

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  4. I love those little glimpses of God's goodness to us. He cares!

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    1. I love that, too. God is so good to us!

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  5. I love the Amplified Bible - I've used it on BibleGateway, but I'm thinking I might need to purchase one. Sometimes I need it spelled out just like it is on those pages.

    Your post has me thinking about what I've been asking God for lately and if I really have been asking the right questions. Good things for me to think about this evening.

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    1. Jen, the Amplified Bible is my favorite! It is a bit wordy, but I'm a word loving gal!

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  6. I never even dreamed of going to Paris because of course I would have thought it just a pipe dream. I did get to go--all of a sudden and out of the blue--when I was just about your age.

    Love the painting--and so glad you guys found it--yes, He does care about even the smallest of details in our lives.

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    1. That is so wonderful that you got to go to Paris! God knows this little dream of mine, too.

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  7. Yes, He does care about things in our lives. He has healed a kitty cat's paw that didn't want to heal, given a parking spot in the exact place needed when an important deadline for important business would be missed if we had to walk far and so many other details of our lives. My children grew up hearing me pray for just about anything that needed God's intervention. The painting is gorgeous - and even more beautiful because of God's 'surprise'.
    ~Adrienne~

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    1. Adrienne, I believe He even helps us find just the right "treasure" when we're out thrifting!

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  8. Elizabeth,

    What a sweet and tender story about your grandson and about you :) So grateful, God cares about all of it - whether big or small or in between :)

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    1. God takes such good care of us,Dolly, and for that I am so grateful.

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  9. Thank you for this great post, it is so true. Thank you also for sharing it at Good Morning Mondays. Blessings

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    1. Thank you, Terri! So glad you came by.

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  10. My favorite of many verses. I am teaching my precious Grands that He loves them so much, He wants to hear about Everything. Thank you for sharing this. I love to hear stories about His love.

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    1. Regena, it's our privilege as "Nanas" to keep passing on the love and truth of God to our grandkids, isn't it?

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  11. I love the Amplified version of that verse - a real favorite of mine.

    Yes, I am so glad that God is in the details. Nothing is too big or too small to bring to His feet in prayer. What a darling story about the paintings, and an object lesson that I'm sure your grandkids will remember. Prayer matters, because we matter to God!

    I am praying for a small thing tonight, a small thing that feels like a really big thing. I know will hear...

    GOD BLESS!

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    1. That should be I know HE will hear...even if I can't talk right! LOL!

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    2. I agree with you right now that you will know and see that God hears and is caring about your "small thing".

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  12. Elizabeth, seeing as I have been writing on prayer the entire month of October, I just loved this post. I take such comfort in the truth that I can come boldly to our God with my requests. And He takes time to listen. To respond. To meet me right where I am. Just amazing.

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    1. I'm so blessed that this encouraged you in some small way.

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  13. Yes, I totally agree with you that God cares about our little things too. Big, little--I wonder how he measures. :)

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    1. I'm just so thankful that God cares about everything concerning us.

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  14. Yes! How often we forget to ask for God's guidance in the little things! Yet when we do He answers! Love this reminder, Elizabeth

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    1. Lynda, I've even prayed over my grocery money before, asking God to "stretch" it. He does!

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  15. I am glad that your gifted painting was found. I know your grandson was jumping for joy. I think it is important to always remember to say "Thank-you" no matter how big or small the answered prayer is.

    Debbi

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    1. Debbi, you are so right. We must remember gratitude!

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  16. Thank you for the encouragement to go to God with all of our cares and that He truly is there and listening and responding!

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    1. And thank you for taking time to stop by and comment!

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  17. I pray about lots, and I think it helps me remember to look to Jesus first. So glad you found the paintings!

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    1. I'm so glad that we can pray about everything!

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