No Small Thing!

Is there ever anything small when it comes to the Lord? As humans, we tend to put things into categories and prioritize them. If the Lord jolts us awake in the middle of the night, we run and tell everyone what he said. On the other hand, if he tells us to go back and turn off the lights we dismiss it or chalk it up to a gut feeling. Why do we not see these seemingly small things as the miracles they are?

On my way to church one day, the Lord reminded me that I left the doughnuts I purchased for our church fellowship on the kitchen counter. Without thinking, I found myself arguing with the Lord about how impractical it was to turn around. Finally, I had what I thought was an ingenious idea. There was a grocery store on the way to church, and I could get another package of doughnuts. I was so ridiculously proud of myself for coming up with a better solution.

Pleased with my decision, I drove to the store and purchased the doughnuts. The parking lot was empty because it was very early in the morning. After purchasing the doughnuts, I walked through the sliding glass doors and stepped into the parking lot. As soon as the doors closed my head jerked to the left as if being called by name. To my surprise, I saw a man coming towards me. I was sure he said something to me, but strangely I did not see his lips move or hear an audible voice. Instead, my spirit went haywire. I jerked my head to the left and began to vigorously shake my head no! Everything in my spirit told me that this was a bad man, he had a gun, and he was going to hurt me. Out of sheer fright, I started walking very quickly away from the man. I kept glancing to the left to see where he was, and how far he was away. Suddenly he swung around directly behind me. When I could no longer see him, I took off running to my car as fast as I could. I made it to my car, and I jumped in and locked the doors. When I looked in the rear view mirror, I could see the man standing directly behind my car. I put the keys in the ignition and sped out of the parking lot. The man stopped because just as I closed my car door a woman pulled into the parking lot. She pulled her car near to mine, and I noticed that she had a small child in the car with her.

As I drove off, I was terrified and disgusted with myself for arguing. If I had done what the Lord had told me to do in the first place, none of this would have happened. Dismissing this seemingly small request almost cost me my life. It amazes me how he tried to keep me from harm, and even though I did not listen he still protected me. Since then when he speaks I act!

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