God Cares About The Details

Ever had those days when you felt you were throwing up emergency prayers that seemed unimportant in the big scheme of things? You know the ones. “Lord, please let me find my car keys or I’m going to be late, again.” “Lord, please let me find a parking place close to the door, because I have to get these children and all this stuff in that store quickly in the rain.” “Lord, please let her poop in the potty this time.” “Lord, please let my child sleep through the night, because I have to get some sleep.”

If you are a mom, I’m sure you’ve prayed one or more of these prayers on some occasion. I know I’ve prayed them many times. I used to think they were sort of “silly” prayers. After all, there are much greater problems going on in the world while I’m looking for my keys. But for some reason it makes me feel better to tell God what I need, as trivial as it seems, so I keep praying them.

I was reading through 2 Kings recently and came across the passage of the floating ax head. This story takes place right after Elisha has healed Naaman of leprosy and right before Israel’s army is delivered from the Arameans – an important man and an important event.

The prophets who were following Elisha were cutting trees by the Jordan to build larger quarters to accommodate their growing numbers. One of the men’s iron ax head fell into the water. He became panicked because the ax was borrowed. Upon hearing the man’s distress, Elisha asks where the ax head fell. The man showed Elisha the place. Elisha cut a stick, threw it into the water, and the iron ax head floated to the top where the man could reach down and lift it out of the water.

The man was obviously not a big, important person like Naaman, as he didn’t even have enough money to buy his own ax, but had to borrow one. He didn’t seem to be performing some big, important task like fighting in Israel’s army. But he was doing what God had called him to do – building a home so that God’s Word and work could be furthered.

As moms, we sometimes don’t feel we are important or that we are accomplishing anything important, but we are. We are building a home. Hopefully it is a home where God’s Word and work are furthered. And God cares about the details. He wants to hear our “silly” prayers. He cares about our worries and concerns.

1 Peter 5:7 says 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 you affectionately and cares about you watchfully. 1 Peter 5:7 (The Amplified Bible)

Many times God will use our “silly” little prayers and the answers He gives us to teach us about Himself and His purposes for us. We simply must ask for the spiritual vision to see the lessons. He wants to use our everyday life circumstances to draw us to Him, build our faith and ultimately change us into His likeness.

The next time you feel your prayer or need is silly or unimportant; remember the floating ax head and that God cares about the details.

9 Responses to God Cares About The Details
  1. Michele
    August 4, 2008 | 3:23 am

    Thank you for this much needed lesson about prayer and how much God cares about the big and the silly little things.

  2. Tiffanie
    August 4, 2008 | 11:21 am

    God wants our all. He wants more than just our dinnertime and bedtime prayers… He wants our attention throughout the day, He wants conversation… and this includes the “silly little things”. If ever they were unimportant, we can trust God to change our heart in the matter. So tell him about the kids and ask him about finding your keys. Don’s stop talking to Him!

  3. Heather
    August 4, 2008 | 11:51 am

    AMEN! I learned a long time ago that there is nothing too small or too big for our Father’s ears. Everything that concerns us is His concern, His keeping. Living in His constant presence, knowing that and loving Him all the more for it is a key to growing in our relationship with Him. AMEN? Love this little, profound devotional…all Glory to Him!

  4. Sam
    August 4, 2008 | 12:41 pm

    hmm, this is something I struggle with at the moment – surely He doesn’t want me to sendup lots of little prayers that don’t actually mean much, but you have shown me that they do indeed mean something.

  5. LauraLee Shaw
    August 4, 2008 | 1:07 pm

    I couldn’t agree more, and it’s a message we need to be reminded of as moms. Love your practical wisdom in this post.

  6. Melinda
    August 4, 2008 | 6:50 pm

    Oh how many times I’ve prayed those little prayers. Please Lord, let her fall asleep because I can’t be the mom ou want me to be without sleep! The Lord knows that the little things realy DO matter to te big picture.

  7. Kimberly
    August 4, 2008 | 9:11 pm

    1 Peter 5:7 is one of my absolute favorites! I have a good friend who truly does pray about EVERYTHING, and I am always so blessed and encouraged when she shares with me how He answers. Thanks for encouraging us today to take it ALL to Him, no matter how small it may seem!

  8. Melanie
    August 4, 2008 | 10:44 pm

    Amen, Amy! I am so very glad God does care about all prayers… even the “silly” ones!

  9. Sita
    August 4, 2008 | 10:57 pm

    God has been teaching me that there is absolutely nothing in my life that He is not concerned about, and more to the point that He is not in control of. It is His desire to bring me to that point where I have to say, “I give up”, “It is all Yours”. Therefore for me there is no such thing as a silly prayer when I freely acknowledge His sovereignty.