“You know . . . God has bigger things to worry about . . .”
Words spoken in passing during a recent conversation with someone close to me.
I didn’t really think much of them at the time. The “problem” we were discussing was legitimately pretty trivial, and we were off and on to other topics without another thought.
But it came back to me later. That notion that God can truly only handle the “big” things in life. That our little issues, problems, concerns don’t rate important enough for us to bother God.
Only . . . it’s not true. Now, I do believe that God gives us common sense and wisdom and brains and even, tastes and opinions to help us guide our decisions. I don’t think we have to consult with Him on every decision we make at every point in the day. Free will and autonomy are both things He has instilled in us . . . to a point.
But when something comes up, be it big or be it small . . . when we’re facing a decision, and we’re just not sure which way to go, even if it seems frivolous or trivial to some, I believe God cares. I believe He wants to be consulted. I believe He wants us to ask Him for guidance and help.
God does not have “bigger” things to worry about. To God, none of it is “big”. He’s the Creator of the universe, the sculptor of our lives, and I’m about 1000% certain He can handle it all. He is, after all, the master multi-tasker. The truth is, as we learn to trust in the small things, we’ll see our faith and trust grow in the bigger (at least to us) things as well.
At the start of the year, I wrote about one of my scripture passages for the year coming from Psalm 37 (vs 3-8), and toward the end of the passage are the words, “Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him; Do not fret . . .”. I’ve said before, I’m a world class worrier, but occasionally, I have one of those “aha . . . lightbulb” moments when I stop and realize, I don’t have to worry about ______ ; I just need to pray about it.
Psalm 138:8 says, “The Lord will perfect that which concerns me; Your mercy, O Lord, endures forever; Do not forsake the works of Your hands.”
Perfect – accomplish, complete (from Strong’s 1584)
It doesn’t mean that it’s always going to look exactly how we think it should look. Sometimes, a lot of times, God sees a picture we don’t see . . . His view is the definition of “big picture”, and because of that, there are going to be times when His “perfecting, accomplishing, and completing” don’t match exactly what we want or think we want. But God always comes through. He always cares. His plans for us are always good, and He is always there to guide us (Jeremiah 29:11; Proverbs 16:9). So the next time you think, “God is too busy . . . I won’t bother Him with this . . . ” think again. He’s right there willing, waiting, and ready to both listen and help.