Big or Small, God Cares About It All in Your Life

The farmers market is crowded this morning. Vegetables in every color are laid out across tables like squares on patchwork quilts. Dogs on leashes strain toward each other or the enticing hydrant on the corner. Babies bask in strollers with dribbles down their chubby chins. Toddlers place one hand in Mama’s and wrap the other around organic all-fruit Popsicles.

Oh dear, there it is. The weekly tragedy. A grip loosened in a moment of forgetfulness or exuberance and that Popsicle falling down, down, down to land with a splat on the sizzling pavement.

Then the tears come, an instant river, followed by the snot and the hollering. Mama leans down, and of course, she says, “Knock it off, kid. You want to know about loss? Yesterday the stock market dropped a bazillion points. An earthquake wiped out a city. The manager at your Dad’s office just ran off with the intern. Again. Let’s put this in perspective.”

No? You don’t like that version of the story? Then how about this one: Mama leans in and speaks soothing words until that river dries up, the nose is not so pink, and the only sounds are a slight sniffling. She speaks until the little head nods and the smile returns and the hand is taken again. Then the two go off in search of another Popsicle, or perhaps something even better.

Sometimes it is more complicated than this. Sometimes it is harder and takes longer. But this is the actual plotline I’ve been audience to again and again. This makes sense to us, and even if it’s not what we’ve personally experienced, it’s what seems right to us—that a parent would comfort a child even over the little things.

Yet I will confess I’ve often not expected God to treat me this way. Sometimes I’ve been hurt or faced a loss or found fear catching me by surprise and I’ve told myself, “This is too insignificant to bother God about. It’s nothing compared to what other people face.” Then I think of the news headline, the social media post, or the prayer request, and I tell myself I’m selfish for even thinking I have a right to mourn.

But God says He will comfort us “in all our troubles” (2 Cor. 1:3, emphasis added). There is no size limit. No height requirement. No difficulty level assigned. It’s unequivocal, universal, all-encompassing. The other day my daughter called and shared a hard thing. Then she said, “I’m sorry for bothering you with something so small.” And I said, “If it matters to you, it matters to me.”

I thought afterward, with a bit of surprise, that this must be how the heart of our God is toward us. He is not waiting for us to get over it, to snap out of it and put on a brave face. He is instead coming for us with outstretched arms to wipe the tears from our cheeks, to pull us close, to whisper loving words until we are ready to take His hand again.

Yes, we need to know nothing is too big for our God to handle. But we also need to know nothing is too small for Him to reach out His hands to us and hold us close.

Comforter, it means so much to know You care about every detail of my life. Today I’m struggling with _____________. Thank You for listening, responding, and walking through this with me. Amen.

XOXO
Holley

The Table of the Lord

One day while at work, the Lord gave me a vision. He showed me a room with a very large, beautiful table. It was dark in color and made with the finest woods. It was the Lord’s Table. Just beautiful! On the table was a very large apple, stunning in color and form. The apple’s color was a true red mixed with gold. 

I was in complete awe and thought to myself, “Why this, Lord? What does this mean?” I began to ponder. A great peace came upon me and hope was ignited.

Now before this vision my life had been turned upside down. The circumstances were so overwhelming. There were many things happening so fast. I had feelings of hopelessness; depression was trying to grip my soul. Both of my parents had passed away a year apart from each other, and during this time my husband was diagnosed with a lung disease that continues to threaten his life. I struggled with feelings of fear, anxiety, grief, insecurities, sorrow, brokenness, and desperation. If God doesn’t move…I am in trouble. I lost my joy, and I am normally a pretty joyful person. I love God and God’s people, and I enjoy everything I do. The dread was tearing me apart. My heart was aching; however, I knew God would see me through.

Have you ever felt like this, wondering how you were going to make it through your circumstance? I am here to encourage you that there is hope, and we can be fruitful in our season of crisis, despair, loss, or whatever the situation may be.

Let me encourage you with what the Lord shared in this vision. The table that represented the Lord’s Table was a place of intimacy, fellowship, preparation, and service. It was like when you invite someone to your home for lunch or dinner. You prepare, serve, and partake of the meal and nurture your fellowship with one another.

The Father invites us to sit at the table that He has prepared for us. Scripture says, “You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup runs over” (Ps. 23:5 NKJV). Who is your enemy? Is it fear, depression, stress, etc.? Whatever it is, God has prepared your way of escape. He gives you the tools to prepare you for His service. Then He anoints your head with oil; the Lord anoints your thinking so that you can think like Him during times that are difficult. He anoints you with His Holy Spirit and His fresh oil to overcome anything and everything. You will be refreshed in His presence and experience the fullness of joy (Ps. 16:11).

In John 21:12, the Master calls, “Come and dine.” Our heavenly Father is beckoning us to come. Matthew 11:28–29 says, “Come unto me all you who are heavy laden and I will give you rest” (NIV). Peter also encourages us to “Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you” (1 Pet. 5:7 NIV). 

In the second part of the vision, there was an apple. The Lord asked me, “How do you eat an apple?” 

I replied, “You wash it, bite into it, and eat it.”

“Exactly,” He replied. “The fruit you need is in Me. I am love, joy, and peace.”

Do you need more love, joy, peace, etc.? Just partake of it! That’s exactly what I did. I decided to partake and eat the fruit of joy. As I began to praise God, I was lifted, and my countenance changed. I was walking in the joy of the Lord. Now I am not saying that all my circumstances changed—but my perspective did.

John 15:4–5 describes Jesus as the Vine and we are His branches. The branch that is of Him produces fruit. The branch that is unfruitful, He cuts away. The passage says, “Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine; neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine you are the branches: He who abides in me and I in him, bears much fruit; for without me you can do nothing” (NKJV).

Apples have seeds. Apples produce apples. Oranges produce oranges etc. God’s Word is seed and it produces God’s fruit! When we receive Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, we receive the incorruptible seed of salvation and are born again and receive a new nature. First Peter 1:23 says “Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which lives and abides forever” (NKJV).

The Word says we will know people by their fruit (Matt. 7:16–20). What kind of fruit are we displaying? Is it love, joy, or peace? Or are we so overcome by our situations in life and so burdened down that our fruit is deficient?

In our difficulties, there is an eternal purpose. As we give our brokenness to God, we become stronger, like Him. The seed of God is eternal and it will produce after its likeness. We have to choose to partake.

I can hear Him say, “Come and dine, the Master calleth, come and dine.”

Psalm 20:8 (TPT)

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