Nothing Is Too Small
It was a normal busy day. My kids were little and we were going . . . somewhere. I buckled Christopher into the car seat, ran back in the house to grab my purse, gather stuff, and hurry Marilyn along. I opened my purse to get the car keys. Not there. I rushed into the kitchen to look on the counter. Not there. Were they on the dresser in the bedroom? Not there. I looked in the bathroom, the closet, and again in the living room. Now I was really frustrated! Before I became frantic I yelled, “LORD JESUS! WHERE ARE MY KEYS?” Then I stopped, closed my eyes, and waited. It took a few seconds, but into my mind came the picture of my jacket lying over a chair in my daughter’s room—right where I’d left it yesterday—with my keys in the pocket. “Thank You!” I grabbed those keys and we were on our way. (The Holy Spirit is brilliant!)
A few days later we were headed out again and I instructed Marilyn to find her shoes. Soon I heard her three-year old voice loudly say, “LORD JESUS! WHERE ARE MY SHOES?” Hummmm – was she listening? J
Are you convinced God cares about your life? Your answer is likely yes. But I actually mean your whole life—the daily stuff, the everyday cleaning, shopping, cooking, working, eating, drinking, dressing, playing, walking around, have-to-get-it-done life. Have you embraced the idea that God wants to live all of that life with you and give you joy in this journey? Just in case you have listened to the lie that God is somehow too busy to be bothered with the little things, let me remind you how much He cares. He knows exactly how many hairs are on our heads (see Luke 12:7; Matthew 10:30). He even knows a word before we speak it (Psalm 139:4). Those things may seem little to us, and we know with babies, toddlers, and preschoolers, life is full of little stuff. All the “little stuff” matters to our children, and it all matters to God.
“So, here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you. “
ROMANS 12:1–2 (MESSAGE translation)
As Miss PattyCake, I sing a song called “Little Me” which says,
Little me, little me
Jesus loves little me.
My head, my feet, my smile so sweet,
Jesus loves little me.
Listen to it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dJoRLR9rG8o
Or on Spotify. ITUNES, and on the “Birthday Party Surprise” video at www.misspattycake.com
Jean Thomason, author/speaker/singer/songwriter/worship leader and the live embodiment of “Miss PattyCake”. She has won hearts of hundreds of thousands of toddlers and preschoolers through DVDs, CDs, books, and high-energy live performances. Her new book, “Sharing God’s BIG LOVE with Little Lives” is available where books are sold.