As I tucked my daughter into bed, I brushed my hand over her silky hair and asked her if she would like to pray. She agreed and her sweet little voice began to talk with her Creator.
“Dear God”, she said. “Thank you for today. Thank you that I didn’t get sick anymore. Please help my brother to sleep better and not have any more poopy diapers. Amen”.
At this, my tired girl burst into a fit of giggles about the fact that she had just said “poopy” in a prayer.
As I joined in her laughter, I assured her that although we generally try to refrain from using that word outside of the bathroom, it was okay to talk to God about it.
You see, we had been dealing with a stomach bug ravaging our house for the past week. (For my military spouse readers, I feel the need to point out that this happened during a week when my husband was gone, of course). Both kids had been an absolute mess, mama was exhausted, and like a guest who had long overstayed their welcome, the sickness just kept lingering.
So, we talked to God about poopy diapers. As our laughter subsided, I told my girl how amazing it is that we love and serve a God who cares about the smallest, most intimate details of our lives- even poopy diapers!
How do we know God cares?
We know God cares about these details because he demonstrates it over and over again in Scripture. Here are a few examples of situations where God was all about the details:
The building of the temple
In 1 Chronicles, chapter 28, David shares with Soloman the plans the Lord has given him for building the temple. The details go so far as to include what type of forks to use (vs. 17)! “All this, said David, “the Lord made me understand in writing by His hand upon me, all the details of this pattern”(vs. 19).
The building of the ark
In Genesis, chapter 6, God gives Noah the detailed plans on how to build the ark. He tells him what type of wood to use and exactly what size to make it.
The battle of Jericho
In Joshua, chapter 6, God gives Joshua some complicated and strange sounding instructions on how they were going to win this battle. It included marching around the city several times, blowing trumpets, and shouting at exact moments. Maybe God did this to test their faith or to show that they won because of Him and not their military strength. Whatever the reason was, it worked. The Israelites followed God’s detailed instructions and were victorious.
The healing of Naaman
In 2 Kings, chapter 5, Elisha, a prophet of God, told Naaman he would be healed if he washed in the Jordan River 7 times. Naaman wasn’t too happy when he heard this, but notice the details: exactly which river and exactly how many times to wash.
What does this mean for us?
God may or may not give us such detailed instructions as we go about our daily lives, but He undoubtedly cares about being involved in our details. He wants to be involved in our decision-making process. He wants us to have faith and to trust Him to work out the intricate details of our lives.
When you are have hit a wall in your parenting and you don’t know what to do- ask Him.
When you’re not sure how the bills are going to all get paid- ask Him.
When you don’t know who to vote for in the election- ask Him.
When your body is being ransacked by illness and you desperately need relief- ask Him.
When you are getting ready to move to a new city but the logistics are overwhelming- ask Him.
When your child is struggling in school– ask Him.
When you can’t figure out how to accomplish all the things on your to-do list- ask Him.
When your marriage isn’t what you hoped it would be- ask Him.
When you just need the baby to sleep long enough for you to take a shower- ask Him.
Mamas, He loves you dearly. He sees you striving. He sees you struggling. He’s right there in it with you. Whether it’s a big thing or a little thing, whatever kind of thing it is, whatever’s worrying you and weighing you down- give it to Him.
He cares about your details. He’s involved in your details. He’s working out your details.
The question is, do you trust Him with your details?