A lesson that’s been repeating itself to me over the past 3 years is that each and every one of us matters to the Lord.
YOU matter to the Lord and I matter to the Lord.
Needs Aren’t Relative
The Lord isn’t more or less ready or desiring to listen to one prayer over another based on how much more or less “need” the other has. Each sacrifice matters. Each pain. Each question. Each need.
He doesn’t give attention only to those in third world countries or who have a painful illness. He doesn’t consider your humble petition and respond, “I can’t believe you’re wasting my time with this. Don’t you know there are children starving, marriages failing, and loved ones dying? Come back when you have a real need.”
Cancer, unemployment, adultery, divorce, abuse and much more are all serious and real needs and saying that loneliness, peace, or patience are also real doesn’t trivialize that.
God answered our prayers for a second baby even when there are millions of couples unable to conceive at all – and who want it just as much as we did. And during our 6-year wait to conceive He blessed so many other couples with not just one child but several.
During those 6 years I am not proud to say I sometimes questioned where God was. If “children are an heritage of the Lord” (Psalm 127:3) why weren’t our righteous desires being answered? Reading about Sarah’s, Hannah’s, and Elizabeth’s miraculous pregnancies did not always dull the ache of grief, pain, or longing. But we continued to fast and pray, holding up our shield of faith with whatever strength we could muster.
Our needs were not trivial just because they went unanswered for so long. Your needs are not trivial just because you are still waiting.
8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord.
9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.
Blessings Big and Small
While waiting to grow our family, God blessed us abundantly with the “little” things though we knew there were “bigger” things needing His power across the globe: my husband had help in advancing his career, we moved safely across the country because we wanted to, and we got help in knowing how to parent Elle.
I think seeing the goodness, blessings, and miracles in the world shows us God doesn’t compare needs. He’s helped an unemployed father find a new job while also helping that father’s son find his lost teddy bear. He’s saved a family from a fatal car accident while also saving a drug-addicted daughter. He’s brought a dentist appointment scheduled 6 months ago and forgotten about to the mind of a busy mother just in time while also healing a grandfather of cancer.
Don’t Confuse Man’s Finite Resources for God’s
Our supplications for God’s mercy aren’t a crap shoot. We don’t have to rest on luck. Our prayers are also not a contest against another. To think God can only bless Jack and not Sally or vice versa adds a limitation to Deity the scriptures do not allude to.
Our mortal and finite abilities to minister to others and relieve suffering can be discouraging. How many times have you wished for more hours in the day, more money in the bank account, more energy to keep up with the seemingly increasing demands of life?
But what if you had access to Someone who has all the time in the world just for you? Who has infinite resources and eternal energy just for you?
Because you do. God is there for us. Every day, every hour, every moment. Through the big things and the small things. Through struggles with infertility, death, sickness, and caregiving and through feeling lonely, trying to figure out which new car to get, and just making it through the day. He’s there to comfort, heal, guide, and love you on your good days as well as your bad days.
I invite you to test God. Ask Him to be and stay close to you and look for Him in the small things as well as the big things. Do your part to make your prayers happen and acknowledge when God shows His power on your behalf.
Do you feel like you have to earn God’s love before you can even pray to Him? Click here to read my thoughts on that.