Another contribution from John:
Ever been a little hesitant to give God a small problem? Feel maybe like He’s a little too busy running the universe?
Then, read on…
Hey, I’ve got a question: “Can you think of anyone you know that has been bitten by an elephant?” Yep, you heard me correctly, an elephant!
You know, I can’t think of a single person I know that has! Now, if I were a betting man, I’d wager that you can’t think of anyone who has been bitten by an elephant either.
Lots of reasons for this, I guess…But I’ll bet that the major reason is: Elephants are BIG! I mean, even if you lived in an area that had a lot of elephants, you probably still wouldn’t know of a single person that had been bitten by one…Being that they’re so awfully large…if you saw one coming you’d get out of its way, because you know that we are no match in terms of size and strength to the average elephant. Speaking for myself, I’d be setting some kind of land-speed-record getting out of its way!
Now let me ask you: “Do you know of anyone who has been bitten by…an ant?” Interesting, isn’t it?
We don’t pay much attention to the ant. Let’s face it: Ants are small, almost inconsequential little critters…we ignore them for the most part.
That is until we find ourselves standing in the middle of a nest of fire ants! It is then, while we’re running full speed for the garden hose while simultaneously tearing off our pants and hopping from one leg to the other, slapping our legs and generally acting like a maniac on jolt cola…That it occurs to us that maybe we should have paid more attention to the ants! Later, as we’re slathering benadryl on all the bumpy bite-marks (and yes…I know that technically they sting…but why ruin a perfectly good analogy?) we KNOW without a doubt that we’re going to watch for those ants in the future.
It is amazing to think, that the same thing occurs too many times to too many Christians in their spiritual and prayer lives!
We have no hesitation about giving the big problems to God (because we know we can’t handle them), but it seems that we don’t want to “bug” God (pun intended) with the “little” problems. It is almost like we’re saying: “Lord, I know You’re busy (I checked Your schedule), so I’m not going to ‘bother’ You with this…I’ll handle it myself.”
Time to get out the spiritual benadryl, cause the bumps…”they are a coming”.
The Bible though, tells us:
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God” (Phil 4:6 NKJV)
“Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.” (1 Peter 5:6-7 NKJV)
Now last time I looked, “everything” meant…EVERYTHING; and “all” means “ALL”!
Isn’t it wonderful to know that God wants to help us with the “Ants” as well as the “Elephants” in our lives?
Don’t get me wrong…God will not always take away every problem…He won’t always move every mountain…What He will do is to give us grace to deal with any problem and the strength to climb the mountains!
Maybe we should get in the habit of going to Him with both the big things and the small things… After all, that’s what He wants us to do!