Fresh Hope – 4th January 2018

Are you someone who prays for a car parking space at your local shopping centre? Or do you think God has more important things to think about? Are you someone who calls out to God when your favourite shirt goes missing in the wash? Or do you refrain from bothering Him with such meaningless matters?

Being very aware of all the bigger issues going on in the world today, we can quickly justify why we don’t get God involved in our comparatively petty issues. We can be so caught up in the bigness of God, that we disregard His interest in the details of our lives.

If the creator of the universe said that He wasn’t interested in the details of my day, I probably wouldn’t blame Him. I mean, He has already died for me, so I know He loves me – that’s enough is it not?

But the beauty of God is that He chooses to become intricately invested and involved in the finer details of our lives. The reality is that everything is small to God, even the things we think are big. Yet God’s greatest passion is us, so he cares about what is big to us. When you love someone, you know the details of their life. I know that my fiancé likes his eggs hard-boiled without the yolk and he has three every morning. I know that he has brown pasta and chicken almost every day for lunch. I know that he does his food shopping on a Sunday and he likes to get the trio packet of peppers and he is really happy if there isn’t any green peppers in there! Likewise, God knows the insignificant details of our lives.

Look at Luke 12:6-7, ‘Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? And not one of them is forgotten before God. Why, even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not; you are of more value than many sparrows’. The average person has an average of 100,000 hairs on their head! Of what purpose would it be for God to count your hairs?Yet He does! How much more is He concerned with your seemingly small requests to Him?

Have you ever watched a loving parent with their baby? They watch their child constantly! Every mannerism and every movement of the baby they study and take in. The parent learns the ways of their child. Psalm 139 tells us that God watches us in the same way, ‘…even from a distance, you know what I’m thinking. You know when I leave and when I get back; I’m never out of your sight. You know everything I’m going to say before I start the first sentence. I look behind me and you’re there, then up ahead and you’re there, too— your reassuring presence, coming and going. This is too much, too wonderful—I can’t take it all in! … You know me inside and out, you know every bone in my body; You know exactly how I was made, bit by bit, how I was sculpted from nothing into something. Like an open book, you watched me grow from conception to birth; all the stages of my life were spread out before you, The days of my life all prepared before I’d even lived one day’.

It feels good when someone knows you enough to remember the details. I remember when a friend in South Africa gave me a birthday present. She had wrapped it in a beautiful red, silk bow. I said how much I loved the colour of the ribbon and she replied with, ‘Yes! When I was wrapping the present and I had a selection of ribbons out and asked God which colour was your favourite and He told me, ‘red’!”. Ever since then, I have been so convinced that God cares about us. He knows us intricately and loves us in great detail.

Emma Montesi

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