The Little Things (Part 2)


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After reading this post, one of my readers wrote the following heartfelt observation: “I am always skeptical when I hear this—‘Jesus cares about the small things’—because every time I wonder if He cares, I think, ‘Surely not; this is so trivial compared to the cares of people in the third world countries!’ I always have the sense of Jesus telling me to buck up because I have so much to be thankful for, I shouldn’t be feeling weary, insecure, or whatever I’m feeling at the moment.”

So, does Jesus truly care about the “little things” in our lives? Does He care about our feelings?

I believe He does,  as evidenced by the following Scriptures:

...(Cast) the whole of your care (all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all, on Him, for He cares for your affectionately and cares about your watchfully.—I Peter 5:7

Notice the absolute words: whole and all.

All means all: big, small, and everything in between.

Do not gloss over the word affectionately. It means: “characterized by love, displaying tender feelings.” That is how Jesus feels about you.

Psalm 62:8 urges believers to: “Trust in, lean on, rely on, and have confidence in Him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts before Him. God is a refuge for us (a fortress and a high tower).

This Scripture simply speaks to pouring out your heart to Him. It gives no caveats, no mention of degree of distress, no “big” or “small” things. He desires that we share everything with Him. He loves to hear us talk to Him.

If it is important to you, it is important to Jesus.

Job asked, “Does not God see all my ways and count all my steps?”—Job 31:4

God Himself told Jeremiah, “My eyes are on all their ways, they are not hidden from My face.”—Jeremiah 16:17

This is a God who rejoices over us with singing. He calls us precious to Him. He adores us. In fact, Ephesians 2:4 describes His love for us as “great, wonderful, and intense.” (Amplified version).

Everything about us interests Him. He is intimately familiar with all our ways: “O Lord, You have examined my heart and know everything about me. You know when I sit down and stand up. You know my thoughts…you know when I travel and when I rest at home. You know everything I do. You know what i am going to say even before I say it, Lord. You go before me and your follow me. You place Your hand of blessing on  my head…You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb…You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb. You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in Your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed. ” —Ps. 139:1-5, 13-16

His thoughts about us are constant: “How precious are Your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered! I cannot even count them; they outnumber the grains of sand!” —Psalm 139: 17-18

He even knows the exact numbers of hair on our heads (Matthew 10:30).

He never looks away from us for one nanosecond; He even watches us while we are sleeping (Ps. 139:18).

Yes, He calls us to be primarily concerned with others and with helping the poor. Nowhere in Scripture does He advocate self being our central focus.

However, Jesus knows firsthand how hard it is to be a human being living life on this fallen planet. We can be beaten and bruised. Exhausted and irritated. Elated and excited. Heartbroken and sad. Frustrated and annoyed. Content and joyful.

We need a safe place to take all of that and Jesus provides the perfect strong shoulder and listening ear. We are to live all of life before our Savior “Who fills everything everywhere with Himself.” –Ephesians 1:23

I keep a running dialogue with Jesus all throughout my day. I talk to Him about anything and everything. I pray to Him. I laugh with Him. I have cried many tears in His presence. I remind Him of His promises to me in His Word. I practice memorizing my Scripture passages to Him. I sing to Him. I praise Him. I listen for His still,  small voice speaking to my heart.  I wrestle things out with Him when I don’t understand His ways.  I ask Him to help me see the big picture when I am mired in the minutiae  of this life. I ask His forgiveness when  I stumble…and then I ask Him to pick me up and fill me with His strength to keep going.  I thank Him for the glorious beauty of nature all around me. I most especially thank Him for the loved ones whom He has given to me.  And every single day, I pour out my heartfelt gratitude for the fact that He came to save me.

Yes, He cares about the little things.

He cares about it all.

Hear and answer me, O Lord, for Your loving-kindness is sweet and comforting; according to Your plenteous tender mercy and steadfast love turn to me. —Ps. 69:16

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5 responses to “The Little Things (Part 2)

  1. The Elaine

    Another example—I was presented late in the business day with a HUGE problem yesterday, one that was causing a great deal of stress and frustration. When I went to bed last night and picked up my Bible to read before falling asleep, this was the scripture that was for the evening–“I am the Lord, your God who holds your right hand and I tell you, ‘Don’t be afraid. I will help you.’ Isaiah 41:13. Not only was that the scripture but at another stressful time I had underlined it and wrote “Amazing” beside it. In the full scheme of things, this problem is going to work out. I know that people have bigger problems but God knew how concerned I am and had that passage ready for me last night. Like I say–“God is in control.”, in big things, middle sized things and small things. Could there be any more proof?

  2. So many verses in this post are long-time favorites of mine—a few of them were verses I’d encountered just in the last couple of days. I do believe God is trying to tell me something! 😉

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