A few weeks ago I wrote a post to my friends of my age on behalf of my younger friends. You can read that here if you haven’t yet.
Today I am writing to all of my friends on behalf of all of my friends. Yes, this is for you on your behalf.
STOP IT ALREADY!!!
STOP hesitating to tell God about your “little” problems.
STOP telling your friends you are “fine” when you really want to tell them “I’M HAVING A CRAPPY DAY AND I DON’T KNOW WHY?!”
STOP ignoring that instinct to ask for prayer because “it’s just a headache, others have such bigger problems.”
STOP minimizing your problems because others have it so much worse than you do.
I’m here to tell you a secret. Only, it shouldn’t be a secret.
GOD IS BIGGER THAN THE BOOGIE MAN!
God is big enough to heal your friend’s broken heart because her husband left her AND heal your headache. He’s big enough to heal your neighbor’s cancer AND your “petty forgiveness” to your friend. He’s big enough to comfort your friend as she openly weeps at the loss of a loved one and comfort you as you weep because you can’t keep your kitchen floor from feeling like it was made of syrup.
God adores you. When you gave your heart to him, it wasn’t only in the “good”. It was “for better or worse”. He knows that today you just want to sit and weep because you don’t think you can fold one more load of laundry or make one more trip to the bathroom with the toddler who doesn’t really need to go. He knows that your head hurts, not so badly that you can’t function but enough that you really can’t function.
He knows these things, but like any adoring parent, he wants you to talk to him about it. He wants to send you the healing and comfort you need. He wants you to share your life with Him.
When we don’t ask for prayer, when we don’t pray for ourselves because we feel like our problems aren’t big enough for God “in light of what others are suffering”, we are in a way doubting Him. Do we doubt that He can heal broken hearts and broken spirits AND broken bones?
Our troubles are not too small for our Father who loves us. But when we don’t ask for prayer or pray for things because we think they are too small, we separate ourselves from communing with Him and His people. We choose to pull away from Him claiming it isn’t a big enough deal. But that is all us, not Him. He doesn’t tell us our problems are too small. For God, all problems are small!
Today, I challenge you to take your small problems to God. Open dialogue with Him.
Give Him a chance to love on you in the little things.
Because really, the little things are the big things.