Margaret Lockhart was watching her granddaughter as the five year old was coloring a picture. Magaret asked, “What are you coloring?”
“I’m coloring God and His wife.”
Margaret looked over her shoulder to see. “Oh no honey, that’s not God and His wife, that’s Adam and Eve. God doesn’t have a wife.”
The little artist was puzzled. “Then who picks out his clothes?”
I’m not sure that little innocent girl didn’t say something that we all secretly wonder. Yeah, we know that God doesn’t need a wife to pick His clothes. The rest of us guys do, but not God. Still, there’s something there if we will hear it. Here’s what I think it might be. We all know that God is big and omnipotent, and creator and all of that. But is He capable of dealing with the complexities of everyday life? I think that’s a question we tend to secretly harbor.
“Yes, God, I know that you hung the stars in place and that you ordered the seasons. I have no problem with the fact that you fed five thousand and walked on water, or that you split open a sea and allowed a couple of million people to walk over the oyster beds. But God, I’ve got a car payment and its due next Wednesday. Let’s face it Lord, you know all about the universe, but you’ve never dealt with a finance company!”
We don’t say it like that, but that’s how we feel. Can God really help us through the everyday world? We sometimes wonder. Especially when the crisis is immediate. A mate is distant, a child is in trouble, the job is uncertain. You pace and can’t rest. You do everything you can think to do to fix the problem. Heaven is silent. And you wonder, “Where is God? Why won’t He help? Can He help? Is God big enough to know and concerned enough to care?”
Psalm 27:13-14 has been a source of great encouragement for me lately in this area. I encourage you to commit this to memory and have it ready the next time worry starts to eat at you.
“I would have despaired unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the LORD
In the land of the living. Wait for the LORD;
Be strong, and let your heart take courage;
Yes, wait for the LORD.”
Here’s what I see, “God is big enough to take care of your everyday stuff.”