“You go before me and follow me. You place your hand of blessing on my head.” Psalm 139:5.
After a hard, hard spell of pastoral work, we had been given a week’s holiday by the sea.
But then disaster struck: on the very first day in the sea, an Atlantic wave swept my glasses clean away. The shops were shut for the weekend and –in any case– we had no money. My headaches began almost immediately.
So, we prayed as a family, with our little ones earnestly asking God to return Mum’s spectacles. That was an impossible prayer, but we said Amen, a little dutifully.
A full twenty-four hours later, Ken was strolling on the crowded beach and –at a distance of about three hundred yards – saw a little girl scoop something out of the sand. He instantly guessed what it was.
And it was. The whole time in the ocean and the beach and they weren’t broken or scratched. And I still have them! God turned the situation around completely to show the sheer detail of his care.
Do you trust the God of details? It is not for nothing that Jesus reminded his listeners of a God who knew when a sparrow fell to the ground, and who knows the numbers of hairs on our heads or minutes in our lives. The God of the universe is the God of the spectacles.
Lord, You place your hand of blessing on my head.