I have to share with you what happened to me today. It could be viewed as a trivial thing by some, even a small detail by God, but this was definitely a big thing for me. He answered my silly prayer.
My pictures from the last 40 years are somewhat sorted in bins and albums, but most of the printed copies are still in their original envelopes. Every now and then I will take a picture out and it doesn’t make it back to its home. As a result, I have a bin with hundreds of misplaced pictures from the last 15 years. When it comes time to finding the larger photos, like an 8×10, they are pretty simple to locate due to their size. Or so I thought.
This morning I set out to locate an 8×10 picture of me when I was 2. It was the photo taken when I got adopted by my family. I went through every bin we had, every photo album we had, but it was not there. Ok, so I tried to recall any time in the last 2 years I might have looked at this picture, and wondered where I would have placed it after that. I went through boxes of my memorabilia from before I got married, to my husband’s office closet files, to my desk cabinet. Nothing. The purpose of finding this specific photo was for my autobiography that is being published, and this is the picture for chapter 1.
Well, when all else fails, then remember to pray about it, right? Embarrassed to admit it, but yes, that is how it happened. I said out loud, “Lord, I know this is a very small thing for you, and you already know where this photo is, but, I don’t. Please help me to find it if you want it in the book.”
My first thought was to go back down and look in the photo bins area again. But I knew it wasn’t there. I went through all of them. So I pushed aside that thought and continued to look around other areas, but it didn’t turn up. “OK Lord, I’ll bite, and try it your way.” I went back downstairs and faced the opened closet with all the photo bins and albums in it. Then I looked up. There sitting on the shelf was a tall narrow box. This was where I had put the photo albums that were unusually large and didn’t fit with the others. I had forgotten about this box! I began to smile as I pulled the box down and anxiously peered inside. The picture was inside.
I again spoke out loud and said, “Thank you Lord for caring about the smallest of things.”
If it matters to you, it matters to your Father.
“…for your Father knows what you need even before you ask Him.”
“Are not 5 sparrow sold for 2 pennies? And not one of them is forgotten by God. Why even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not; you are of more value than many sparrows.”
Food for thought: Why do we think God doesn’t care about the little things in our life?
Fun fact: Our brains each have about a billion neurons. Each neuron connects to the others, giving us a huge capacity for memory. Combined they could give us about 2.5 petabytes, or a million gigabytes of memory. (That’s compared to recording 3 million hours of tv shows.)
Photo by: Kari Wiseman – Frosted flakes