Pray Even for the Small Things
“Casting all your cares upon Him, because He cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:7
Our mini-van had been gradually losing its various functions over a couple of years. It had over 240,000 miles on it, so it’s really no wonder! The rear windshield wiper was the first to succumb to the strain. Next was the electronic clock/thermometer that fritzed out due to water seeping in by the windshield. After heavy rains water would flow from the ends of the dashboard when we turned corners, pouring onto our feet. The automatic side door also stopped opening automatically. And… the list could go on and on.
At one point my wife informed me that our daughter had rolled down the window on the passenger side—but it wouldn’t go back up! In fact, none of the electric windows would go up or down using any of the switches. Each time either of us drove the van we would try to roll the windows up or down to no avail.
It wasn’t an issue, really, until the weather turned cold. One morning we awoke to frost on the ground and a nippy start in the low 30’s. Both the second car and the van were needed that day, so I was planning on taking the van to my destination. My 12-year old daughter was going to be with me, so I suggested that she dress warm and wear a hat. There was going to be a nice cool breeze in the van at 70MPH on the highway!
As we prepared to go, I sarcastically remarked, “Well, if God can raise a man from the dead, He can certainly fix our window and let it go up so we don’t freeze this morning!” In truth, I had prayed for God to fix the window ever since it had stopped working, but I confess the prayer was half-hearted at best.
I started the van a few minutes early, and I went out to load some items and figured I should try the window one more time. And… I couldn’t believe it—the window closed! I let out a yell and the kids ran to see what the noise was about.
Surely the Lord had been merciful on my daughter and me that morning. Yet, I internally struggled with my reaction that it was “coincidence.” I know better and am well aware that God has His hand in every part of my life. I was also aware of the cultural conditioning that led me to even consider this was coincidence.
I spent time reflecting on the words, “Casting all your cares upon Him” from the verse listed above. I realized that I too often miss the point of the word “all.” God cares about it all. Everything that concerns me from the most mundane parts of life to the most significant decisions that I make. In the same way that I care for my children—every part of their lives—my Heavenly Father cares for me.
Maybe you find yourself, today, needing Someone to care for the nitty-gritty details of your life. It may be a family need, a personal struggle, issues with personality differences amongst the members of the worship team, or even that irritating “buzz” in your guitar amp that just doesn’t seem to go away.
Pray, my friend, for His help. He is ready, willing and wanting to help in all of your cares. His ear is attentive to the needs of His children. He will answer, and though it may not be what you expect, it will be what is necessary for your continued growth.
Father, meet my needs today. Some are large, and small are small, but I know all good things come from Your hands. Thank you for caring for me. In Jesus name, Amen.