Such a Little Thing

21 Sep

The little boy, so eager for independence, struggled to open his present. Finally, in desperation, he handed it to his patiently waiting dad. “Will you open this for me—please?” His father, gladly and effortlessly helped his son.

So often, I do the same thing. Anxiety overcomes me as I resolutely try to deal with a problem beyond my capabilities. At last, after all my efforts fail, I hand the matter over to God. He gently reminds me, “This is such a very little thing for Me. Why did you lose precious time in worry?” I have no good answer. Do you?

Perhaps, we lose our focus or forget God’s character. Do we forget He can add to our lifespan, calm a storm, and raise the dead? Nothing is impossible with God.

“And which of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life’s span? If then you cannot do even a very little thing, why do you worry about other matters?” (Luke 12:25–26 NASB).

I love the “very little thing” part of that verse. I learned that truth long ago, and yet I sometimes revert to handling life on my own.

Let’s consider a few examples of God’s limitless power.

Adonai, God! You made heaven and earth by your great power and outstretched arm; nothing is too hard for you (Jeremiah 32:17 CJB*).

Do you need some creativity or power? God’s available.

“I’ll say it again—it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the Kingdom of God!” The disciples were astounded. “Then who in the world can be saved?” they asked. Jesus looked at them intently and said, “Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But with God everything is possible” (Matthew 19:24–26 NLT).

Do you feel you’re somehow the exception, that God’s grace and mercy doesn’t extend to you? Think again.

Sarah in the Old Testament (Genesis 17:1-22; 18:1-15; 21:1-8) and Elizabeth in the New Testament (Luke 5:1-25) both became pregnant although they were past childbearing age. And most remarkable of all, the virgin Mary gave birth to Jesus by the power of the Holy Spirit (Luke 1:26-38). As the angel told Mary, “For nothing will be impossible with God” (Luke 1:37).

What miracle do you need today?  My “Such a Little Thing” story can be found here.

All our problems are such little things to God. Yet I seem to need frequent reminders. Perhaps you need that same reminder. What problem will you allow God to tear open today? Would you share with readers how God handled such a little thing?

 

*Complete Jewish Bible

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