March 30, 2013

Small Things and Big Things

God has proven again and again in my life to be faithful in helping me with the little things, and answering my prayers. What do I mean? Let me give you some examples:

1. Lena filed our income tax, and the refund came in after one week to the dollar.
2. The 24 cedars Gerrit and I planted together two years ago, made it through another winter.
3. I prayed for a peaceful sleep last night, and Jesus heard and answered my prayer.
4. I asked God to help me get through my meal without choking, and He heard my request, and it tasted so good.
5. I needed to go to the bathroom, but I was having difficulty and Jesus helped me there too.
6. I looked forward to the end of winter, and God is faithful to send bright, sunny, spring days and longer daylight.
7. I am receiving wonderful daily care from my PSW team.
8. After sitting 12 - 14 hours a day in my lazy boy chair for two years now, I still have no bed sores, thank you Jesus.
9. I am still able to breathe without assistive devices.
10. I usually get at least one visitor every day, which helps me get through my day.
11. Lena gets meals on wheels from our church community, and baked goods too, so that she rarely ever has to cook supper.
12. I enjoy listening to church services by using church telephone or sermon audio.

I could go on and on, but these few examples illustrate how God cares for me in the little things, hour by hour, and day by day. It reminds me of the beautiful hymn that I often think about:"I need Thee every hour". Shall I not trust Him then to take care of the big things and fulfil His promises to me in His Word such as:

1. Preparing a place for me in heaven (John 14:2)
2. "I will never leave you nor forsake you." (Heb13:5)
3. "I will remember their sin no more." (Jer 31:34)
4. At the last trumpet He will raise my body from the grave incorruptible. (1 Cor 15:52)
5. The Great Shepherd will guide with His rod and staff through all my afflictions, yes, even the fearful Jordan river crossing at the end (Psalm 23).
6. I will live and reign with Him in heaven for an eternity. (John 14)
7. I can count on His covenant promises to my children and grandchildren. "Jehovah's truth will stand forever, His covenant bonds He will not sever." (Psalter 425:5; Psalm 105).

I read somewhere that there are more than 3,000 promises in the Bible. If you would think about one promise a day, it would take you about 9 years to read them all, and then you can start over again. God is so good, and that to those who deny Him and sin more, every day. To God be the praise, and the glory, both now and forever.



  1. I love your perspective and hope! We are thankful for the little( but oh so big) blessings that the Lord is giving you. We will pray for strength and comfort for you and your dear wife.