Have you ever had a time in your life when you simply felt overwhelmed and it seemed that there was nothing you could do to change things? I am sure there have been serious times when all of us have felt like there was nothing that we could possibly do, but what about the little things that frequently nag us to death, the things that don’t really seem serious enough to bother the Lord with? Could it be that the ants that are driving me out of house and home might actually concern the One who created me and still watches over me?
Well, we are told in 1st Peter 5:7 that we should be submissive and humble ourselves under the mighty hand of God….casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you. It must really be true that He cares not just about the major calamities in our lives, but also for the simple little things that mess with our attitudes and interfere in our daily lives. It appears that is the bottom line truth. Our Creator really does care about all the ups and downs that end up shaping who we are and will become. It does seem rather strange that we will often rise to the major events, both good and bad, that shape our days and yet fall apart over the simplest of things. We get so busy living life that we often forget that our Heavenly Father is actually a father who loves and cares for His children and also has the ability to move mountains.
So if we believe this to be true, just what do we do about it? Most of us hate to bother others when we have a problem largely, I suspect, because we don’t really want others to know that we are not always competent to deal with even some of the simplest things. God could have made us perfect, you know, but logic tells me that He not only wanted us to come to Him for help, but that He also intended life to be that way. He wanted not just to be a Father who handed down judgements, but one who could and would participate in our lives. That’s not really so hard to understand, is it?
You may not have ever thought about it before, but David was first a shepherd boy before he became king of Israel. Maybe he was chosen by God because he understood about shepherding the sheep. You know as well as I that there are times in all of our lives when we wander from the straight and narrow and have need of a shepherd to bring us back into line. Just maybe I needed a little bit of reminding that there are things much more important than the ants in my kitchen; maybe God’s original plan for me was greater than the killing of ants and I just needed to be reminded of that.
When we were created by God we were not limited to just one aspect of life; God intended for us to be able to multi-task as some might call it. There may be times when we will need guidance as an ant and times when we might be needed to actually tell the ants just where to go. But the bottom line, the place where we all need to be is where we know when to take charge and when to simply allow God to take charge.
Peter tells us to Shepherd the flock of God which is among you, serving as overseers, not by compulsion but willingly, nor for dishonest gain but eagerly; not being as lords over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock; and when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that does not fade away (1:5:2-4).
Randy Alcorn once said – “(God) offers us profound, moving, and surprising insights that can feed our minds, warm our hearts, and give us the strength to face a world that is not what it once was, or what it one day will be.”