Written by the incandescent Hannah Walton who is currently mission building at YWAM Los Angeles.
This morning, I was sitting in my favorite coffee shop with my favorite drink and current favorite book (God is Able by Priscilla Shirer – Read it, trust me. It’s a total game changer.) I was in the middle of a chapter about one of the qualities of God I just can’t stop falling in love with Him for. It was all about His attention to our details, His desire to be included in our small things. I couldn’t help but burst with joy and excitement, so I wanted to share with you in hopes that it would encourage you today as well. Here’s some of what He’s been teaching me lately:
“The Lord directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives.” (Psalm 37:23, NLT)
If that by itself didn’t take your breath away, let me just enlighten you a bit more. Steps are defined as, “a measure or action, especially one of a series taken in order to deal with or achieve a particular thing.” Not only does our Jesus know the plan, the process, and the end from the beginning; He knows every step. He knows where we’re going and every single movement that will get us there. He directs us not only in which path to take, but carefully shows us where to place our foot as we land the next step. Of course, this includes the steps that wind up in an uncomfortable spot or a place where we might have to reach a little further. He knows that, and He’s aware that we often do not enjoy those steps. However, He designed your path very specifically in order to strengthen you the way you need to be strengthened so that when you reach certain places in your journey, you will possess the skills needed to continue on with hope and resolve – because you will have seen Him come through for you, molding a faith in His unchanging nature that you can cling to when the odds are grim. Even if the next step doesn’t look promising, He’s right there holding on.
“Though they stumble, they will never fall, for the Lord holds them by the hand.” (v. 24)
And He delights – He takes great pleasure in – our details. If you have lost sight of that, just remember that He knows how many hairs are on your head. That should give you an answer if you’ve ever wondered if your worries and cares are insignificant to Him (Read 1 Peter 5:7 and Matthew 6:26-34). There’s no “too small” with God. There’s no “not that important.” He loves everything about you and He’s excited about the things that make you excited. After all, He’s the one that put the unique gifts and passions in you anyway. He knows your favorite things and how to communicate with you exactly the way you need to hear in order to understand.
Be encouraged today, you can ask no small thing of the Lord! Invite Him into your moments and watch what happens. I challenge you, pray about something little today. Let Him be a part of the “insignificant” things and discover how much significance they actually hold. You are absolutely and entirely loved by the Creator of the universe today and forever, and He will show you in every detail you allow Him to be a part of.
“For the LORD your God is living among you. He is a mighty savior. He will take delight in you with gladness. With his love, he will calm all your fears. He will rejoice over you with joyful songs.” (Zephaniah 3:17, NLT)
(Originally published on Hannah's blog www.chaiteaandjesus.wordpress.com)