Is it possible that the same God who with a single word set the entire universe in motion, is interested in my everyday needs? Does He care about jobs and headaches, a lost dog, housing, broken hearts and dental work?
Once upon a time, a group of playing children wandered about chasing butterflies and picking wild flowers. They ran haphazardly lured by the beauty of the forest. After a while, they realized the path they’d started out on had disappeared. They were lost. Every tree looked the same; which direction led home?
One child said, “Remember, Mother told us if we got in trouble to tell Jesus about it.” The little group paused and one prayed. No sooner had they uttered “Amen” than a little bird landed near them, almost within touching distance. One boy reached out his hand. The bird hopped a few feet. Soon all joined in the chase. The bird hopped, or flew, just in front, almost in reach. Then it flew into the air and away. When the children finally looked up they found themselves at the edge of the woods in sight of home.
It’s a simple story of simple faith and child-like trust in Jesus. Yet, it teaches us that God cares about the day-to-day details of our hum-drum lives.
Once, at a large women’s retreat, I needed to meet up with a woman I’d never met. I knew her name and that she was at the retreat but nothing else. How will I ever find her? I wondered. Then I recalled a Bible verse – “The Lord will watch over your coming and going” (Psalm 121:8).
I left my comings and goings in His care. A few hours later, I happened to be walking along a sidewalk when my steps intersected with a woman coming from the opposite direction. “Are you Rose Brandon?” she asked. She’d been looking for me, too.
I realize that not all needs are as simple as mine or as simple as the children finding their way home. Some needs are complicated, heavy, impossible and frustrating. Still, the God who made the solar system also made that little bird.
“How do you know that the children wouldn’t have found their way home and that you wouldn’t have found the woman you were looking for anyway?” People with this attitude will never discover Jesus, the dear and close Friend who cares about everything that concerns us.
What is the price of five sparrows? A couple of pennies? Not much more than that. Yet God does not forget a single one of them. And he knows the number of hairs on your head! Never fear, you are far more valuable to him than a whole flock of sparrows. Luke 12:6,7.
When my daughter, Melody, was five she prayed for a cat. I had in mind to visit a cat woman I knew and choose a kitten for her. I’d already talked to the woman about it. Before I could adopt a soft, clean kitten, a wild, scruffy male tabby showed up on our back deck. My mother who was visiting at the time, said, “That cat is determined to make this his home.”
I breathed a sigh of relief when the cat disappeared. But, just as Melody came home from kindergarten and arrived at the back door, the cat showed up again. Her eyes lit up. No turning back after that. She named him Debbie after a loved babysitter and he moved into our house. We cleaned him up and for the next six years he brought much joy.
You are loved by a God who cares about wayward children, birds, cats and footsteps.
Are you in need today? Just tell Jesus about it.