"Therefore do not be anxious, saying,
‘What shall we eat?’ or
‘What shall we drink?’ or
‘What shall we wear?’
For the Gentiles seek after all these things,
and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all.
But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness,
and all these things will be added to you."
She had always interpreted this passage as, "don't worry about what you eat or wear because it doesn't matter at all anyway, and it'll get taken care of."
How dreadfully wrong she was about it. Slowly she has started to understand that this passage isn't saying these things don't matter, but rather that they do.
The Old Testament is full of laws about the smallest, minute details of people's lives; the tassels on the priest's robes, the measurements of the tabernacle tent, which parts of sacrificed animals go where. God cares about things in our lives that seem dreadfully small and insignificant.
She had selfishly been hoping for another summer dress or two. Silly, yes, but she really wanted some. She had felt, though, that it was too frivolous an issue to actually pray about it, so she didn't.
Well, for some reason God cared about her silly summer dresses. She had finished a day of work and was picked up by her mom and whisked off, rather begrudgingly, to her sister's eye doctor appointment. On the way to the next stop she asked if she could be dropped off at the GoodWill, rather than sitting through a hair appointment. She didn't actually expect to find anything, but piled clothes into her arms just for the fun of it. After trying on about a dozen articles of clothing, she left the store with two pretty, comfortable summer dresses that fit her perfectly.
She would never have gone to the GoodWill were it not for the annoying errands that she was forced to tag along during. She would never have had to tag along during the errands if she hadn't been running a few minutes late at work. She would never have been running a few minutes late at work if the last few customers hadn't interrupted her jam pouring.
God had the entire thing planned out. It seems insane, but He cares about those dresses. Similarly, He cares about everything in our lives, no matter how small or insignificant it may seem.
Over and out,
P.S. Thank you so much for your prayers, I slept wonderfully last night. Here's hoping that won't be a one-time thing! Blessings!