Luke 12:6 – Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God? (KJV)
I was standing at my sink washing dishes, which seems like the easiest place for God to find me, because no one else dares come near. They are afraid I will ask them to dry or put away. Ha! As I was standing there, it came to me that these "details" that God takes care of are in no way "trite" or undeserving of His attention. And I felt a tear come to my eye.
Luke 12:7 – But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: ye are of more value than many sparrows. (KJV)
I am indeed. For when I went before God right before Thanksgiving, and asked that we have a "cash" Christmas this year (meaning we would buy for our three children using no credit this year), I began to see His hand everywhere. I mean, literally, everywhere.
Luke 12:24 – Consider the ravens: for they neither sow nor reap; which neither have storehouse nor barn; and God feedeth them: how much more are ye better than fowls? (KJV)
I've been overcome by His finger pointing the way while I shopped, and leading me to "wait" on this gift and "search" for that one at a better price. My question to you now is, Why don't we do this during the entire year, in our everyday lives? It works so well. God jumps up and down like a little child (or as a pleased-as-punch Father!) when we ask for His help! I have seen the proof of this in this holiday season.
I will give one example (though there are many, and, as I am writing this it is only November 28). The day before yesterday I went to a large bookstore where they sell many, many calendars. I was looking for a little gift for myself, a perfect calendar for my coming year, to jot down all the appointments the kids and I have, birthdays, etc. Anyway, they had absolutely none that I wanted. I was despondent and a little surprised by this. Yet in the mail, the very next afternoon, was a free calendar from our pest control company. It was beautiful! I love it and cannot wait to start filling it with all the important dates and landmarks of our coming year.
So I am praying that, as we begin a new year, our New Year's resolutions may reflect what I am finding out this Christmas: God is in the details — of our everyday life, of every star that falls, of every life that He has touched. And He desires that we ask for His help. Amen.
Prayer: We thank you, O Lord, that you love us and count us more valuable and important than all the birds of the air, who have their daily provision from your gracious hand. Teach us to walk by faith and not by sight, and to ask you for our every need, and to watch expectantly as you provide. In Jesus' name. Amen.