Too Insignificant For Prayer?

Monday, July 25, 2005

John 6:9,11 – There is a lad here, which hath five barley loaves, and two small fishes: but what are they among so many? And Jesus took the loaves; and when he had given thanks, he distributed to the disciples. (KJV)

Zechariah 4:10a – For who hath despised the day of small things? (KJV)

Over the years, I have approached the throne room of God, asking Him to help me find my earrings. God, in His graciousness, has continued to place them where I could see and find them. However, these days I am becoming more and more reluctant to pray for such small needs — and yet I continue to do so.

Some years ago, my husband promised to buy me an expensive set of earrings, but knowing how careless I am, I simply said, "No, I would only lose them." Instead, he gave me a little gift of drop earrings with shepherd hooks, a tiny pearl nestled in a filigree basket of thin gold mesh. I could never lose these — with their shepherd hooks.

But I did. I did not secure them in their clasp. I put both hands up to remove the earrings — and one hand remained empty. I was horrified. These earrings were irreplaceable and of great sentimental value. It was winter time, with deep snow covering the ground. How could I ever find such a tiny object in these conditions? I wanted to telephone the restaurant, where friends and I had dined that evening, to be on the lookout for this minute item, but the hour was late and the restaurant was probably closed.

Early the next morning, I could not rest. I felt I must do something constructive to find my lost earring. I went to my car and unlocked the driver's seat door, and there, lying in a tiny crevice in the seat's metal structure, was my special little earring. It could have been swept up in the folds of my heavy winter coat, been dropped into a snow mound, and eventually been crushed by the many cars which would have parked outside the restaurant — but here it was!

When we consider our all-knowing God who formed this world, is the care and knowledge of the whereabouts of a little earring beyond His comprehension and safekeeping? Today, I have only to look at my earring to have my faith increased. For I realize, if our great God is interested in such a small item, how much more is He interested in you and me! We were the objects of His love for whom He sacrificed His beloved Son. Can we place a value upon our lives?

Prayer: Dear heavenly Father, how thankful we are that You are interested in every area of our lives. Nothing is too small to be beyond Your love and interest. Help us to rest upon this knowledge as we live this day for Your glory. In Jesus Your Son's name, we pray. Amen.

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