In 2013 our family was living on a farm we had rented from a man Mark had met on Facebook. It was a big beautiful place that had lots and lots of land for the children to explore. Amelia and Sam were 13 and 12 at the time and after they finished school and chores they would often disappear into one of the fields to play, read or simply hide from having to do more work in the garden.
One day as I was working in the kitchen, Amelia showed up all sweaty and red-faced. She had been crying and looked a little scared. I washed off my hands and asked her what was wrong. She explained that she and Sam had been playing in the corn fields (where they were NOT allowed to play).
Now, the man we rented the farm from had a few people who worked the farm for him and they were allowed to plant corn in several of the pastures for their livestock. I had repeatedly told my kids NOT to play in the corn so they wouldn’t damage it, but on this particular day, they had not listened. And, as a result, while they hid from each other in a wild game of hide and go seek, Amelia had dropped her new cell phone. They had looked for it to no avail. I asked which field had they been playing in and she told me all four.
Good grief, four corn fields worth of places for a cell phone to be lost. I immediately thought there would be no way we would ever find it and I was going to have to be the one to tell Mark about it. I had to finish putting dinner on and getting the clothes brought inside from the lines, so I sent her and Sam back out to look for the lost phone.
The sun finally set and my two young disobedient offspring drug their feet down the hill towards me as I called them home. I knew they had not found the phone. No one spoke much at dinner and I knew they were feeling lousy, so I left it alone until the following morning after breakfast. I called all my children together, had Wyatt fetch a hoe to kill any snakes that might be lurking and we headed out to search the fields.
Row by row I walked and looked for that gray little cell phone. I searched each row of 3 entire corn fields before I made my way to the fourth one. All the while I held out hope that I would see it. Finally I stopped and called the kids together and we stood at the edge of the field and I prayed. I asked God to show us that phone and show my children how mighty He really was. Some time later I had gotten to the end of the fourth field and had just the few sparse outer rows to finish when I stopped to wipe the sweat off my brow. I looked over and there in the gray dirt I spotted Amelia’s little gray phone. I walked over, picked it up and hollered for the children. I told them how big God was and how much He cared, even when we do something foolish.
I thought on this story about Amelia’s phone as I read the account of the young student of Elisha that lost the borrowed axe head in II Kings 6.
“But as one was felling a beam, the axe head fell into the water: and he cried, and said, Alas, master! for it was borrowed. And the man of God said, Where fell it? And he shewed him the place. And he cut down a stick, and cast it in thither; and the iron did swim.” 2 Kings 6:5-6
Here this young man was working and loses the axe head that he had borrowed to do the job. Was he out partying? No. He was cutting lumber in order to build a dwelling. Finding that axe head that had fallen into the dirty Jordan river was going to be as impossible as finding a needle in a haystack. So what did he do? He ran to the man of God and Elisha helped, through the power of God.
So often you and I think God has so much on His plate and more important Christians to be dealing with that He doesn’t have time for the little things in our lives. But that isn’t true.
God is big enough and strong enough for it all.
“Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,” Ephesians 3:20
What is it that you need help with today?
What load are you carrying?
What have you lost?
God cares and God wants you to go to Him for help no matter how small or insignificant you think the problem may be to Him. He will enjoy showing you that He is able.
Until Next Time, Lord willing,
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Today’s reading: Leviticus 6 / II Kings 9-10 / Psalm 62 / Hebrews 10