I once heard a man named Dave say that you could judge the size of a man by the things that make him mad. Then he explained how he used to get mad at a little 1.68″ white ball when it didn’t go where he wanted it to go. This quote has stayed in my mind for decades. I can actually still hear his voice, tone and inflection when he said it. We do need to remember to put things into perspective. While Dave was talking about what made him mad, I want to carry that on to what concerns us.
There is no end to the things of this life that cause us stress, worry, concern, etc. And sometimes we can feel like some of these things are ‘so small’ that God doesn’t worry about them. In fact, part of that statement is true. He doesn’t worry. But just because he doesn’t worry, doesn’t mean He doesn’t care.
There are plenty of big things that we worry about. Health, job, kids, spouse, family… these are all good and legitimate things to be concerned about. Then there are even the little things too. However if we boil it down, most of the little things are typically connected to one or more of the big things. For example; we may worry about a traffic problem… but the truth is, we’re worried about how that traffic will impact our job or family time.
As I was reading Luke 7 today, I began to reflect on all the things Jesus did during his ministry. A few examples are mentioned here. He healed the sick and raised the dead. He did these things as if they were nothing. And that got me thinking.
We are constantly stressing out about so many things of this world, that it can cause us to miss the point that our Lord and Savior is before our eyes. We focus on our own health issues or those of a friend or loved one. We stress about the job, our kids, the economy, politics, etc. In the end, Jesus was simply saying (with all of these miracles), don’t worry. I’ve got this. All those things you’re stressed about, they are all temporary… all part of this short term world. Let me take care of that for you.
And what was the purpose of all of his miracles? To refocus the attention on where it really belongs, the Glory of our Father in Heaven. It wasn’t about the miracle itself. In fact for someone who created the world, healing the sick is actually no miracle at all. No, the miracle itself should not be our focus. The miracle is God’s way of taking our eyes off our own stress and pain and turning back to Him.
Take time to consider the things you stress and worry about. How many of them will last beyond this lifetime? Instead, reflect on what Jesus did for you. He died for you. Paid for your sins and allows you to spend eternity with Him.
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