The Small Things of God
By Jay Cookingham
God puts mirrors of reflection throughout his creation. They are the little reminders of His model for our lives.
Did you know that the male Namaqua sand grouse of Africaís Kalahari Desert flies as far as 50 miles a day in order to soak himself in water and return to his nest where his chicks can drink from his feathers? Now, after one of our family water-gun fights, I seriously doubt that my kids would want to drink anything dripping off of me! Like the example of the African grouse, the lengths He will go to prove His care for us astounds me.
On one summer vacation in North Carolina, my daughter was playing in the surf and lost a favorite bracelet. After searching for quite a while and coming up empty handed, she was devastated. We talked about Godís love for her even in the small things, and we prayed for a right attitude and for the lost bangle. Then, together we left the beach for lunch and left the bracelet in Godís hands.
Later that day, we went looking for shells along the shoreline. I was wading in the water when something rolled up between my feet. To our amazement, it was the once lost but now found treasured bracelet. The joy on my daughterís face when I placed the "little thing" back into her hands was as precious to me as the lesson she learned about Godís provision even in the seemingly Ďsmallí matters of our life.
Just recently I experienced a lesson for myself. My wife was having a sonogram for our seventh child and as she was leaving I said to our unborn, "Make sure you wave to Mommy." During the procedure at the doctorís office, an extraordinary phenomenon occurred. As the technician rolled the sonogram sensor over her abdomen, the baby raised its arm, opened its hand, and "waved". Both she and the technician cried as they witnessed this Ďsmallí but astounding miracle of God.
Throughout scriptures, the Father uses many such diminutive things to speak to us. In the one small stone that dropped Goliath, He demonstrates his provision of protection when we stand against unrighteousness. When the widow and her son were down to their last jar of oil and a handful of meal during a long famine, Godís mercy and love sustained them through their faith. With five barley loaves and a couple of small fish that fed a multitude, the Father speaks of the abundance He has for us. From a small town called Bethlehem, God announced that freedom of sin was at hand. A small man, Zacchaeus, sitting in a tree is a story that shows salvation comes to us personally.
The emphasis today may be that "bigger is better", from super large SUVs to super-sized food, but all the while, God used the small things to explain His kingdom to us. The Kingdom of Heaven is like a mustard seed which a man sowed in his field. It begins as the smallest of all other seeds, but when it is full grown it becomes a tree that provides a home for many birds to nest among its branches. (Matthew 13:31,32)
His focus is so much finer than ours; His concern over details dwarfs our own. We belong to Him, and His care for us is precise, to the point, and always on target. In the finding of a childís lost jewelry or the many other examples of His care, let us never underestimate the power of the small things of God.
"In Godís sight there are no little people and no little places." (Francis Schaeffer
Jay Cookingham is a freelance writer whose work is featured on father Ville.com, believe.com, cross map.com and Christian writers.com. Married to his wife, Christine, for 22 years, they have seven children blessing their home. You can write to Jay through the Letters page of this magazine.
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