“Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.” Luke 12:7
God’s thoughts of you are more numerous than the grains of sand. And He knows about the most intimate details of your life – like how many hairs are on your head.
Have you ever thought about this? About how much He must love you if He cares so much about the smallest of details?
Have you ever seen God in the little details of life?
When I have, those situations have made me feel so much closer to Him. They remind me how much He cares, and how He goes out of His way to show it.
I experienced one of those “in the detail” situations just recently.
In some of my recent previous posts, you’ve read about my conversations with God regarding my insecurities and physical challenges (Our Heart’s Desire). Because of an early childhood illness, I was left with a physically deformed foot and leg, and tremendous difficulty finding shoes to wear.
God has been showing me that we all have areas of insecurity, and that
Because we have been redeemed by Jesus’s blood when He died for us on the cross, when God looks on us, He doesn’t see our areas of weakness and insecurity. He sees holiness, righteousness, and beauty.
God has taken me through a process recently, asking me to surrender my insecurities over deformities in my physical appearance with respect to my legs and feet. He has basically asked me to be obedient to the call on my life, and quit hiding behind my insecurity, but to trust Him instead.
Recently, I was given the humbling opportunity to teach to a group of women in Uganda. I fretted over what to say and how to say it, concerned about cultural sensitivities that I might not be aware of.
I frequently teach about maintaining hope in difficult situations. But what could I, with my first-world problems, have to offer them? Despite all I have been through, I have no doubt there is much they could teach me!
Our True Identity in Christ
After much prayer, I felt like the Lord had impressed upon my heart to teach about the importance of knowing our true identity in Christ. This is an area that we are very much alike. This is a topic that spans across age, gender, and cultural differences.
For Christ came so that we would all become joint-heirs with Him in heavenly places.
Our identity in Christ gives us worth. It provides confidence. And it tears down cultural barriers.
After the day had come and gone, the pastor shared photos he had taken during the event. He shared pictures of the children who sang a couple of worship songs to Jesus before I taught, as well as photos of the women with whom I was privileged to teach. I had been concerned about the cultural barriers, and whether or not I would be able to meet their needs.
Walking in Freedom
Yet clearly God had something for me to learn as well. In the photos, the majority of the children and women were barefoot. I had to chuckle. It was as if God was showing me that the very thing that I had allowed to keep me hidden in a shadow of insecurity was something that we had in common.
Where have you seen God in the details of your life? I’d love to hear!
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