Nothing too small…

MercyI sat with my husband through two major open heart surgeries, two pacemaker replacements, two hernia repairs and two dental surgeries. I can’t count the hospital stays and procedures involving veins, arteries and cameras.

I have a toothache and a broken toe.

Wah, wah, wah.

Bless his heart. To his eternal credit, while I’ve limped around holding my jaw and moaning, he hasn’t once said, “Well, that’s nothing.”

It is something. I need a root canal and my toe hurts. My husband’s heart transplant doesn’t make either feel any better.

Four years ago, during the first open heart surgery I for which I was present, people would apologize to us for complaining that they had some ache or pain. “I know it’s nothing compared to what you’re going through.”

In the middle of it all, a tsunami hit Japan and the following came to me:

The fact that a tsunami washed someone’s house away on the other side of the world doesn’t make it any easier to clean up the mess when my washer overflows.

While someone else’s trauma may put yours in perspective, it doesn’t lessen it.

And you know what? It doesn’t lessen it in God’s eyes either.

When you hurt, God never thinks, “Would you get over it? Do you know how many people in the world have bigger problems than you?!”

David cried out: “Save me, O God! For the waters have come up to my neck. I sink in deep mire, where there is no standing; I have come into deep waters, where the floods overflow me. I am weary with crying; my throat is dry; my eyes fail while I wait for my God. (Psalm 69:1-3)

While David offers up repentance in this chapter, he does not apologize for the way he feels. He just begs for help, knowing it will come:

“But as for me, my prayer is to You, O Lord, in the acceptable time; O God, in the multitude of Your mercy, hear me in the truth of Your salvation.” (vs. 13)

He relied on God’s mercies.prayer-on-my-knees42

“Hear me, O Lord, for Your lovingkindness is good; turn to me according to the multitude of Your tender mercies” (vs. 16)

In Psalm 70:5 David says, “But I am poor and needy; make haste to me, O God! You are my help and my deliverer; O Lord, do not delay.”

Umm, wait a sec. David was the rich, well-loved, good-looking king of Israel.

If I was married to him, I would be tempted to say, “Would you get a grip?!”

Fortunately, I’m not God.

You see, that word “mercies”actually reads, “Your covenant loyalty.”  David knew that God always keeps His covenant.

Remember Your covenant, O God!

I feel like I’m going to die but You made Your people a promise:

“Therefore know that the Lord your God,

He is God

the faithful God

who keeps covenant and mercy for a thousand generations with those who love Him and keep His commandments.”

(Deuteronomy 7:9)

David had a firm grip of the principle that would be taught by the writer of Hebrews about 1000 years later.

“Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” (Hebrews 4:16)

Boldly: “with freedom of speech.”

Grace: “Kindness by which God bestows favors even upon the ill-deserving, and grants to sinners the pardon of their offenses, and bids them accept of eternal salvation through Christ”

Mercy:as it is defined by loyalty to God’s covenant;” “that of God toward sinners”

David, in his prophetic prayers 1000 years before Christ, felt freedom in coming before the throne of God with his hurts. He reminded God of His covenant with His people. Then he always remembered to praise Him for His goodness, even before his prayers were answered.

“I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify Him with thanksgiving.” (Ps. 69:30)

Go back to Hebrews and read the verse that tells us why we can be bold.

“For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin.” (Heb. 4:15)

Today, we too can take our troubles before the throne of grace, knowing that nothing is too small for God.

Jesus did not die on the cross so that He could say, “My suffering was so much worse than your piddling little troubles.”

He sympathizes.

He offers mercy.

God remembers His covenant.

Now and forever

“For God will save Zion and build the cities of Judah, that they may dwell there and possess it. Also, the descendants of His servants shall inherit it, and those who love His name shall dwell in it.” (Ps. 69:36)

“Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away….Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.

And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, ‘Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself with be with them and be their God.

And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.'” (Revelation 21:1-4)

 

 

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A recovered prodigal and expert breeder of dustbunnies, I'm a wife and a mother who just wants to live all-out, whole-heartedly, full-tilt boogie for Jesus. Living life with abandon combined with the daily regimens of life can be hard - that's where grace comes in. Oh, I love the balance of grace.
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A recovered prodigal and expert breeder of dustbunnies, I'm a wife and a mother who just wants to live all-out, whole-heartedly, full-tilt boogie for Jesus. Living life with abandon combined with the daily regimens of life can be hard - that's where grace comes in. Oh, I love the balance of grace.

18 thoughts on “Nothing too small…”

  1. Angela, you’ve written so much truth here. And my husband and I share similar stories to yours. He had a pericardial stripping seven years ago, and got five dental implants last year. I too feel guilty when I complain about some ache or pain. I loved your sentence when you said it’s okay to have someone else’s trauma put ours in perspective but it doesn’t lessen it. I hope you feel better soon. Toothaches and toe pain aren’t any fun! Blessings!

    1. I think those antibiotics are kicking in! It’s interesting to see how freeing it is for people to know that their hurts aren’t small to God. I think that is really important!

      Thanks for coming by! I’m so glad you shared!

  2. And here I am getting more rich goodness on your blog once more, Angela. I think I’ve just shared it everywhere I could possible, lol, it was so good and just what so many of us need spoken to us today.
    Those waters threatening to rise above David’s head, how well I know them… and yet how well I know the God who is my Life Preserver each and every time!
    The thought thrills. He is there for us. And nothing is too small.
    Heaps of blessings, and I pray your toe and tooth rapidly heal as you lift your life to Him 😉 Much love, friend.

    1. Oh Christine, it is always such a delight to read your comments! Thank you for sharing with me – and others – that you have been fed here. I appreciate you!

  3. Angela…this is such a great thought today. Nothing is too small, God does not tell us to get a grip and let it go. 🙂 He loves us, He cares. And it’s about the 4th time today I’ve read something about Hebrews 4:16, so I think that means I need to meditate on that for a while. Thanks for sharing your encouragement with #RaRaLinkup today!

  4. There is so much wisdom in your words, Angela. I have had to learn this in my healing journey. I used to dismiss the pain that was caused by my childhood abuse, and would tell myself that compared to what other people have gone through, it really wasn’t that bad – that I had no reason to be traumatized the way I was. I had a counselor once tell me that if a person loses a thumb, his pain is not diminished by the fact that another person has lost an arm. It hurts. The pain must be acknowledged and dealt with. And you are right, that God cares about all of our hurts – nothing is too small to bring to Him.

    Blessings,
    Kamea

    1. Wise counselor! Stuffed pain is unhealed pain. I am so glad you were able to go a step beyond acknowledgement and allow God to bring healing into your life! Thanks so much for sharing.

  5. Isn’t it wonderful that God accepts us as we are, loves us where we are, and can sympathize with what we face. I am continually trying to remember to show mercy as He shows it to me. It’s no easy task, because often I am tired, busy, or just plain in need of quiet. Thank God, the Holy Spirit continually reminds me to love as I am loved. Thanks for sharing!

    1. I’m with ya on this! There are those for which I need reminders because my loving can be a bit ADD and then there are those folks that the Holy Spirit needs to thunk me on the head about because…well, I don’t find them all that lovable. And that is a big fat opportunity to grow a little more like Him.
      Thank you for taking time out of your day to stop by Letetia!

  6. I love this post because it is something I can really relate to. I always feel guilty, because I know others have it so much worse. But Christ is compassionate to all, and I am SO thankful for that! Everyone is going through something, and we must all be compassionate and also leaning on His mercies and truth. Thank you for sharing this on Life Giving Link Up!

    1. Yes! Why is it that I want to handle the little things by myself? I seem to look at life the same way I do a heavy object – I don’t ask my husband for help unless it is too heavy to lift by myself.

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