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Listen while you read: "Jesus Shall Reign"1 (Lyrics)
Isaiah 41:10 – So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. (NIV)
I am sitting in the beautiful setting of Bon Echo Provincial Park. Evidences of God are everywhere: the tall pines that tower over the campsite, the warm sunshine beaming down on us, and the stunning view when we walk down to the water's edge. I love camping! I always have, but this trip feels a little different. I am even more aware of God's presence.
My husband, two-year-old son, and I left our home in Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada, with a 1991 Astro van, pulling a 1965 sixteen-foot trailer. I had been nervous all week as we prepared for our six-hour-long trip with such aged vehicles. Worry tends to focus on things that we have no control over. Finally, I decided to put it in the Lord's hands, as He is in control of everything! I prayed that we would have a safe and smooth trip to and from the park.
It was early morning when we left, and we had a beautiful day for travelling. We were about 30 kilometres from the park when my husband decided to stop and check all the tires. They were all in good shape, so we continued on the last leg of our journey. When we arrived on our campsite, my husband noticed that one of the tires on the trailer was leaking and going flat. We praised the Lord that He had brought us safely and smoothly, and we thanked Him that the spare tire was in good shape!
In this moment, I was reminded that God cares about everything that matters to us, even the small things. All good things come from Him. We experienced a wonderful vacation because of God's love and grace.
Throughout Scripture, we see evidence that God cares about the small things in life, as well as the big things.
Luke 12:6-7 – Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God. Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don't be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows. (NIV)
God is always with us, and when we deliberately commit our worries to Him and thank Him for looking after them, that's when His miraculous provision is evident. The next time you are feeling anxious about something, take it to God. He is always willing to listen. He loves us always.
Prayer: Dear Lord, thank You for always being there for us. You are all-powerful, and You are always willing to help us. Help us to remember that we can come to You about anything. We just need to ask. Amen.