Updated: Sep 12
When you hear the term "miracles", what comes to mind? Maybe you think of Moses parting the Red Sea. Maybe you think of Jesus walking on water or resurrecting the dead. These are well known stories, and for good reason; they’re dramatic. These are explosive demonstrations of God's awesome power.
Here's a story I'm willing to bet doesn't come to mind: In 2 Kings 6:1-7, the prophet Elisha and his students are chopping trees by the Jordan. A student’s axe breaks and the axe head falls into the water. The student is quite upset because he had borrowed the axe and presumably couldn’t afford to replace it. This is a personal crisis, but maybe one that you wouldn’t think about asking God to help with. He’s got bigger and better things to worry about, right? Wrong. Elisha has compassion for his student’s predicament and, through God, Elisha causes the iron axe head to float on the water so that the student can grab it.
This is a less well known and less dramatic story, but it shows that whether our needs are great or seemingly insignificant, God is there.
Recently, a friend misplaced her work keys. If they didn't turn up, she'd be out a significant amount of money and face potential repercussions from her superiors. She spent days frantically looking for them while we fervently prayed that she would find them. Finally, they surfaced in the back of her desk, having fallen out of the drawer she put them in.
Let’s not discount “small” miracles. I'm not saying God is going to miraculously intervene in every inconvenience in your life, but He does want us to place our every concern at His feet.
If you believe in a God who controls the big things, you have to believe in a God who controls the little things. It is we, of course, to whom things look “little” or “big.” -Elisabeth Elliot
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. -Philippians 4:6-7
God is not too busy to be bothered with your "small" concerns. And He's undaunted by your "big" problems. Like any loving Father, He wants His children to express their concerns to Him.