So, I want to share a little story about the goodness of God and how He cares for every detail of our lives.
You might remember that my husband and I had to put down our precious Zoe, an English Springer, the day after Christmas. We both have sorely missed her and still find it hard to come home and not see her there waiting for us.
Needing some time to grieve, we planned on getting a new dog in February. We had plenty of time to deliberate about a name for our new female pup. With the sorrow of her loss, we thought about how much joy a new pup would bring us. Given Ben’s desire to find another Greek word for a name, we looked up the Greek word for “joy.” The word was Chara. Our new pup, Chara, will be coming to home this week!
We are getting Chara from a woman named Tracy, who doesn’t live in San Antonio. She had two female pups for us to pick from and sent us pictures a few weeks ago. To our surprise, one of the pups she named “Joy!” Tracy had no idea our desire for a name to represent joy. That wasn’t a coincidence! That was God! You know which dog we picked!
To me, it was as if God said “This is your dog!” I know God cares about the details of our lives, but sometimes I wonder, does He care about the little things, like which dog is best for us? This story is once again a reminder that God cares about EVERYTHING in our lives!
He cares about….
- Your challenge at work that seems insurmountable
- Your concern for a diagnosis
- Your decisions and plans
- Your relationships
- Your fears about ________ (name it)
- Your schedule for this day
- Your test that you have to pass
- Your elderly parents' challenges
- Your future and your plans
- Your finances
I still marvel that God cared so much about our dog that He would literally help us pick it out! God is THAT personal! He cares about the little things and the big things going on in your life. It’s so very cool to go to Him for anything. I honestly would feel lost without Him! God cares about everything in your life. How could knowing this change how you live your life?
“You have searched me, Lord, and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely. You hem me in behind and before, and you lay your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain.” Psalm 139: 1-6
Nancy Abbott is the Chaplain for the YMCA of Greater San Antonio.