Have you ever marveled at how God the creator of the vast universe knows the hearts, desires and hurts of every single person on this planet? Do you ever sit and wonder about the people in Africa who are living in poverty or the people in war torn countries living in fear and think “God knows everything about every single one of them?” Even more so amazing is that He truly cares about each person and all that they are experiencing in the short span of eternity here Earth.
Our finite minds can’t comprehend the omniscience of God, so sometimes we wonder, “Why would He be concerned about my little problems? I mean really- I have a roof over my head, food on the table, and clothes on my back. Why should God care about my desires?” We tend to categorize our desires into groups and erroneously think God cares more about the major issues like caring for elderly parents, mortgage foreclosures, rebellious children and troubled marriages than other minor issues such as wisdom for daily work and school activities, or dealing with a difficult relationship.
My favorite verse is Psalms 37: 4-6 which says,
“Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this: He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of your cause like the noonday sun.”
For some, their desire is just to have some food that day and for other it’s to be healed from a life threatening health condition. So why are my minor desires important to God? Because his word says so!
God reminded me of this as I was praying about a situation a few years ago that had caused me a great deal of grief when Satan interfered and said, “Do you think God really cares about your little problems? Give me a break! He’s got other bigger issues to deal with!” What I should have done right then and there was rebuke Satan in the name of Jesus, but I just ended my prayer thanking God for loving me and all the while wondering if my “minor issues” were of importance to him.
As I opened my Bible to Psalm 20 a few minutes after praying the first two verses said,
“May the Lord answer you when you are in distress; may the name of the God of Jacob protect you. May he send you help from the sanctuary and grant you support from Zion.”
It went on to say in verse 4,
“May he give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed.”
But the answer came in verse 6 which said,
“Now I know that the Lord saves his anointed; he answers him from his holy heaven with the saving power of his right hand.”
I knew God heard my prayers that morning, but He knew I needed something more concrete to really believe Him.
Later that day I was driving my husband’s king cab truck to an appointment at a local medical center. Bill had always instructed me to park his truck away from all other cars so that other drivers won’t ding it with their car doors. (Men love their trucks!) That particular morning there were no parking places “away from all other cars.” I had to take what was available, which was one space between a van and a suburban. As I began the turn into this small space a quick thought flashed through my mind that the truck would not fit between the painted lines. But I quickly dismissed it and kept going. (There is a bit of history here. I had unmercifully teased Bill that after six years of owning his truck, he still hadn’t learned how to park it.) Within seconds I heard the crunch before I realized what it was. I had clipped the corner of the Suburban with Bill’s truck! I panicked! What do I do?! I called Bill at work, but he had no vehicle to come to my rescue because I had his truck! (My car was in the shop.) He told me to call the insurance company, leave a note, and take lots of pictures. So I did as I was told.
After my appointment, I came out to the parking lot and the Suburban was gone. Shortly after arriving home, my phone rang. It was the owner of the Suburban. I immediately apologized at which he replied, “Don’t worry about it. It’s no big deal. I did the same thing not too long ago and the guy I hit was a real jerk. So I decided if it ever happened to me not to make a big deal about it. So just do me a favor and pass on the kindness.” I was stunned to say the least. I was prepared to pay the insurance deductible and repair the large dent I put in his vehicle. He was more impressed that I left a note and said that it proved I was a person of integrity.
When I hung up the phone, I realized that God really did care about my “minor problems.” Now I knew without a shadow of a doubt that God was working on my other problems that I had been praying about that morning. I relayed the phone conversation to Bill at lunch and he said God was giving me a lesson on parking big cars. You see, we had just ordered a Chevrolet Tahoe the day before from Carmax in Tennessee and were waiting its arrival any day.
God’s word and timing are perfect. The next day, I was reading Psalms 21 and the first three verses said,
“O Lord, the king rejoices in your strength. How great is his joy in the victories you give! You have granted him the desire of his heart and have not withheld the request of his lips. You welcomed him with rich blessings and placed a crown of pure gold on his head.”
Guess what?! Our gold Tahoe came that morning and it was $1000.00 less than originally stated on the internet! God is awesome and he cares about every minor and major thing in our lives. That is why Paul said in Philippians 4:6,
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving present your requests to God.”
Even the minor things!