When my husband and I were newly married my mother-in-law gave us her old table set. It was nice, a dark wood table with 2 leaves and 4 chairs to go with it. Over time, however, we realized that it wasn’t holding up to our growing family. It was fine size-wise but the chairs got all stained (they had fabric covers on the seats) and the varnish on the backs would come off on our shirts in humid weather, and the table was getting more and more wobbly.
A little over a year ago I think, a friend at a Bible study was talking about how God cares about the little things. That we can so easily get into the mindset of feeling like we can only pray for the big things in life because we don’t want to sound petty or ungrateful or selfish.
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:6,7 NKJV
I came across this verse and I love it. I do think that it is more referring to trials in our lives but I think it shows that God cares about the smaller things, too. “In everything….”
Over a year ago I started praying for a new table. I would pray, “God, thank you for our table. It’s serving our family well. But I ask that one day that You would provide a table that doesn’t wobble and chairs that can be cleaned properly. It will have to be free or really cheap though.”
On various trips to IKEA or other stores it was soooo tempting to but a table that was on sale but that we still couldn’t really afford, but I also knew that doing that wasn’t really letting God answer my prayer. So I waited and kept praying.
Several months ago a friend told me that she had some chairs that they didn’t use anymore; did we want them? Yes, please!
I was thankful for the chairs but still prayed for a table to one day replace our wobbly one.
Last week someone on a local Facebook swap group posted that she had a dining room table to give away, but no chairs to go with it. I quickly asked her how long the table was and if it was sturdy. It ended up being a few inches longer than our current one and no, it didn’t wobble.
I replied that it sounded great and if she would be willing to hold onto it for us for the weekend we would gladly take it. No problem!
On Saturday my husband went to get the table and I eagerly cleaned off our table and move it aside to make room for the new one.
We set it up and lo and behold, it is sturdy and it even matches the chairs we were given half a year ago by someone else! It’s not perfect; there are some marks on the top. I love it. I think it suits our family perfectly. It’s an answer to prayer, even if the prayer seemed silly.
God cares about the little things in our lives and I think He wants us to go to Him in prayer about them. He may not answer the way we want and He most likely won’t answer them when we expect, but He cares.
How has God answered prayer in your life, even if it seemed small or unimportant?