Large and Small

Trust in the lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own insight. In all your ways acknowledge him. and he will make straight your paths. Proverbs 3: 5-6 (NRSV)

James C. Leyrer, from Ohio, helps at a Christian food pantry. Recently they all held hands to pray for a fellow volunteer who was about to begin a strenuous series of surgical procedures to help alleviate some of his symptoms of Parkinson's disease. Their prayer was for healing but more importantly, they asked for God's will to be done as well as comfort for him, his wife, and his family. Cliff, who was leading the prayer, said something that made a deep impression on James: "God, we trust you with our salvation and our eternity; surely we can trust you with this."

How often do we worry that God is not going to handle the situation or take care of the problem? How often do we not even take it to the Lord, wanting to address the problem on our own? The scripture today says to acknowledge everything to the Lord, who will direct our life. God can handle all situations - large and small. If we trust God to take care of our eternal life, how can we possibly not trust God to take care of all the smaller things in our life too?

We can trust God to handle this pandemic with the coronavirus just as He has handled every other virus. This is not the first, nor will it be the last. Disease and sickness is a part of this life, but God is in control and we need to trust that He knows best; and to remember that in the next life there will be no disease or sickness.

Prayer: Dear God, thank you for caring for us in each and every situation. Help us to accept your care with gratitude and to put our trust in you, in Jesus' name, amen.

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