June 2014

The Big Small Stuff                     

Until now you have not asked for anything in my name.  Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.  John 16:24

I find it very interesting that our Heavenly Father knows exactly what we need even before we ask, but He still wants us to ask. This was the situation shortly after my husband and I relocated to another country to further our studies.

As I unpacked I found that a number of our things had been adversely affected by their stay in storage, including a light blanket that we would need for the coming winter.  We had recently been gifted with a washing machine to help us settle into our place, so I happily washed the blanket – only to have it completely disintegrate in the wash.  Even worse, the shredded pieces of fabric now blocked the washer’s drain.  After several days and many failed attempts to remove the blockage, I became dismayed.  I had no idea what else could be done to clear out the clogged drain.

Of course, before long we needed to do some laundry, but we couldn’t.  Not with this clogged washer.  I was completely frustrated.  I’d worked and worked to unclog the drain.  Now what was I going to do?  In anger I cried out to the Lord, ” God please work a miracle for me and fix this washing machine!”  It was as though God was standing right beside me waiting for me to ask Him for a miracle, because as soon as I finished praying I filled the machine, then in faith, attempted to drain the water I’d just put in it.  To my surprise and delight, the water gushed out even faster than it had when we first used it.  The clogs were all gone!

It was truly a miracle, and it convinced me that our God still cares about the “big small stuff” that perplexes us, and uses them as an opportunity to show us that He cares.  Every time I use the washing machine I am reminded of the miracle that took place and that God hears and answers our prayers.

Whatever your challenges, no matter how big or small they seem, they matter to God.  Commit them all to God.  Will you ask God to fix your “big small” problems today?  I am sure He will be glad to help if you just ask.

Taniesha K. Robertson-Brown, Breathe Devotional 

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