Nothing is too big for our God. No task too great, no circumstance too hard, no prayer too unfeasible. Christ followers proclaim this boldly. After all, we serve the God who spoke the world into being, who parted the seas, and who ordained His son to be conceived within a virgin’s womb. Nothing is impossible with God – no matter how great.
So we bring our big requests before Him. We are audacious with the magnitude of what we ask for, all our lofty hopes and dreams and needs poured out before Him. We approach His throne with confidence, unswervingly sure that since He molded the mountains and crafted the solar system, surely He can manufacture a miracle in our current world. We ask for countries to be at peace, for cancer to be defeated, for demons to be cast out, for lives to be transformed. God is big, therefore He will do big things.
The first generation of Christ followers also thought this way. Jesus had appeared, slowly revealing His divinity to them, and as they caught on to who He was they grew increasingly excited for what He was about to do. Their long awaited Messiah was at last here – ready to conquer their invaded territory and bring peace to their unsettled people. Can you imagine the wonder – the befuddled wonder – the disciples must have felt in their hearts as they gathered around Jesus while He preached the Sermon on the Mount? He had ascended a mountain to give a message. Maybe this was the moment they had been waiting for. But Jesus wasn’t rallying an army to defeat the Romans. He was talking about birds and flowers. If this man is actually God, the grandiose God of the universe, what is He doing talking about such small things? Where is the earth-shattering Messiah we were expecting?
The majority of our lives are spent in smallness. Our work probably doesn’t stretch to the realms of world peace or the cure for cancer. Our sphere of influence is a minimal fraction in relation to the billions of people that populate the earth. The items lining our to-do list are mostly mundane tasks of little consequence to anyone. Clean the toilet, scramble the eggs, get the car registered, go to the dentist, brush the little ones’ hair, grade some papers. Even the larger things that mark our lives – performances, speaking events, surgeries, running seminars… these things are also small in the grand scheme of things.
There seems to a disconnect in the way we want God to be apart of our lives and the lives we actually live. We invite Him in to do the big things, which we rarely encounter, while we neglect to welcome His presence as we toil away at our ordinary tasks – the things that make up the days of our life.
The disciples must have been ecstatic when they realized Jesus was sending them out to do some big things. At last it was time to perform healings and cast out demons and make a large difference in the world. But before they went out to accomplish these great deeds Jesus’ words returned to the small stuff, like birds and hair.
Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. – Matthew 10:29-30
His followers are chomping at the bit, ready to get out and do the important and the lofty. And Jesus stops to tell them God knows how many hairs are on their head. This doesn’t matter, it seems inconsequential in the grand scheme of things. And yet, God knows. He sees the tiniest birds and he counts the hair on our head. God – the God who holds the universe in His hand – has taken the time to be apart of the small.
“If God really takes note of every single sparrow in the sky, and every single hair on our heads, that means that, just as nothing is too great for Him to do, so, nothing is too small for Him to care about.” – NT Wright
So we pray for warring nations and patients battling diseases beyond our comprehension. We pray for hard hearts to return to God and for evil spirits to cease their work. We come before the throne of God with boldness as we present these requests. But we also ask for eyes to feel less sleepy, for motivation to do yet another load of laundry, for time to get caught up on work tasks, for wisdom when choosing insurance companies. We invite our big God into our small lives and we marvel at how much He cares.