Satan would rather put a pebble in your shoe than a mountain in your path. Why? Ever had a little pebble in your shoe? Isn’t it amazing how something so small can be such a huge distraction? It is a constant irritation that will stop you in your tracks. Often it’s the minor, seemingly insignificant things that do the most damage. Fishermen in the sea of Galilee watched the skies diligently and hurried to shore at the first sign of a storm. But more boats were damaged by the steady slap-slap-slap of the constant smaller waves that slowly ate away at the boat’s wooden sides. The wise fisherman checked his boat daily for signs of wear that could give way unexpectedly in the middle of the sea.
I am quick to call down the forces of heaven over those mountains – but pebbles are such small, insignificant things. “I can’t bother God with that.” We tend to put our needs into different boxes. “Too big for me,” or “too little for God.” We call for prayer when Grandma is near death, our child is hurt in an accident, or amid a worldwide pandemic. But we think that God does not want to be bothered with our petty problems. Does He even care that your washing machine has died? Should I even bother Him about the paper I need to write? Why would God be concerned about a teething baby who has kept you up three nights in a row? He is too busy for such petty little problems.
My friend, God cares about all your needs. He wants to be involved in the “everydayness” of your life. He wants you to come to Him with your frustrations and the demands of your day that wear you down. 1 Peter 5:7 says “Cast all your cares on Him, because He cares for you.” All your cares – not just the big ones. Didn’t Jesus teach us to pray “Give us this day our daily bread.” (Matthew 6:11)? Daily bread. Daily needs. He is a daily God.
God has not left you to manage this life on your own. He sees all issues you face. He cares about the most intimate details of your life. Take it all to Him Beloved, the big and small. He is the God that moves mountains that stand in your way. And pebbles that get in your shoe.