I have a theory about God and traffic. My theory is God understands how frustrating traffic is and he cares about how much it bothers us. This might sound a little weird because we don’t tend to think of traffic as a ‘God’ kind of problem.
Our thinking assumes God doesn’t actively care about all the details. I often believe God operates with a ‘don’t sweat the small stuff’ mentality. My belief struggles when it’s confronted with Jesus’ active role in holding up everything in the Universe.
And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. Colossians 1:17
An interesting example of this active role is found in the story of Peter walking on the water.
And in the fourth watch of the night he came to them, walking on the sea. But when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were terrified, and said, “It is a ghost!” and they cried out in fear. But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Take heart; it is I. Do not be afraid.”
And Peter answered him, “Lord if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.” He said, “Come.” So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus. Matthew 14:25-29
Jesus was holding Peter up before he stepped out onto the water because his power was holding together the boat. He held him up in a different way when he stepped out of the boat. Sometimes, God asks us to get out of the boat so we can get our focus back on him.
His desire for our attention is nothing like a pouty little child. He knows we experience our greatest peace when we’re focused on him. Peter walking on the water is a perfect example of this.
While on the boat, Peter can convince himself that human strength is alone keeping him afloat. This false assumption is destroyed as his feet traverse the water. He comes face to face with God’s ability and desire to carry him.
These pieces of knowledge can give him peace in the greatest of hardships. As the world crashes down upon him, he can think back to the feeling of water touching his feet but not enveloping them. We can experience the same peace if we keep our eyes on Jesus.
The worst situations can touch us and yet not overwhelm us. Tidal waves will rise in front of us and we can hold fast. Loss, pain, or broken relationships can crush us, but we’ll keep moving forwards.
Knowing an all powerful God who loves us will strengthen our steps. Remembering that he understands the frustrations, tragedy, and pain will fill our hearts. We will look to him, lean on him, and he’ll help us bear the weight which drag us down.
He even wants to help us with the weights which seem small or unimportant and yet feel so heavy. Traffic, a glitchy phone, or a mixed up lunch order can feel like a big burden. God cares about those problems too.
Have you ever seen a good parent help a little child after they’ve fallen. Many times those kids lose it and start bawling. Good parents don’t tell a three year old to get up and stop crying.
They pickup the child, comfort them, and then encourage them to keep moving. The best parents do those things while staying calm and not treating it like the end of the world. They strike a balance between showing they understand and making a mountain out of a molehill.
The love of a great parent is but a shadow of God’s love for us. He wants to hear about all of our thoughts, feelings, and desires. He gets that even little things like scraped knees aren’t fun.
I forget God cares about little things until I take them to him. When I do open up to God about them, it feels like the load I’m carrying becomes much lighter.
I challenge you to find one little thing each day to talk about with God. Let him know all your thoughts, feelings, and desires on it. I’d love for you to leave something in the comments, on Facebook, or even email me about the results of your challenge.
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