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Our ‘Little’ Troubles

by J. M. Farro on May 16th, 2011

My husband, Joe, and I bought a new refrigerator a few months ago that came with a finicky ice maker. When the ice cubes stick together and won’t come out of the dispenser, I use a butter knife to dislodge them. I was doing this very thing one day when my husband scolded me and told me to be more gentle. He was right, because just a few minutes later, the ice maker began making horrendous grinding noises, and I feared that I had broken it. I immediately went to the Lord in prayer, asking Him to forgive my stupidity and carelessness, and to rectify the problem. I called the repair man first thing the next morning, and while I waited for him to arrive, I prayed and read my Bible. That’s when the Lord showed me a passage that encouraged my heart.

A group of prophets came to the great prophet Elisha and asked him to help them build a bigger place for them to meet. They all went to the Jordan River and began to cut down trees. As one of the men is chopping down a tree, his ax head falls into the water. He immediately cries out that it is a borrowed ax, and Elisha cuts a stick and throws it in the water where the ax head was last seen. As the iron head floats to the top of the water, the man retrieves it, and all ends well. (2 Kings 6:1-7)

This account is a word of encouragement for God’s people. It demonstrates the Lord’s loving care and provision for those who trust Him with even the most insignificant events of daily life. Scripture says, “The Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in Him.” (Nahum 1:7 NIV) There is no matter too small or insignificant in the eyes of our God. He cares about everything that concerns us, and He does not despise our petitions for seemingly trivial things. As I relied on Him to fix my ice maker problem, He provided the perfect service man to not only repair my ice maker, but to cause it to work better than ever. And because the warranty was still in effect, it didn’t cost me a penny.

Perhaps you have some “petty” concerns today that you are hesitant to pray about. Maybe you even caused some of these problems yourself. If so, I urge you to turn to the Lord right now, and to invite Him into your situation to bring about a favorable conclusion. You’ll be amazed at how eager He is to turn your “little” troubles into big blessings!

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