Jesus said, "Everything is possible for him who believes." (Mark 9:23)
Over the last week, I have seen God at work in the little things in our lives. For myself, I know that I can trust Him to work out the big things and certainly pray for the bigger concerns - a sick friend with cancer, another friend who lost a job, someone in a marital crisis or separation/divorce...you get the idea. But so many times I don't "bother" God with my smaller needs or problems because they just don't seem to be "prayer material."
However, there was something that happened over the last few days that gives me the reassurance and comfort I need to know that God is in the small things as well and He does care about ALL of our struggles. My husband is coaching my son's baseball team of 9 and 10 year old boys; it is a community league. They had a pre-season tournament this past weekend and the fellow organizing it called my husband one night last week to inform him of our team's game times: 8:00 Friday night, 1:00 Saturday, and 9:00 Sunday morning - that's right, Sunday morning! I felt sick to my stomach. My husband was not happy about it either and sent out an email to the parents asking for their input and thoughts. He actually told them that he had no problem forfeiting the game because he realized Sunday morning was a time for worship and family time for many families, including ours. In fact, if my husband was not the coach, the decision would have been an easy one; Jackson would not have played on Sunday morning. But the response to his email was mixed. Several families are involved in travel ball and are used to spending many weekends on the ball field; others said they didn't like the time but were willing to be at the game if our team played.
After simply praying for God's Will in the situation, I purchased a book of baseball devotions for my husband in anticipation of playing the game at the scheduled time on Sunday morning. We talked about the possibility of having a short time of devotion for those who wanted to participate. Perhaps it could be an opportunity to witness to others as well as honor God in the midst of a situation that was "not ideal." Our concern was that we would send the wrong message to these kids - that playing baseball is more important that going to church.
On Saturday morning, one of the parents noticed that one of the other teams scheduled to play on Sunday morning had marked out that time and changed it to 7:00 on Saturday night. We questioned whether or not we too could make that change. It just so happened that the coach of the team we were scheduled to play on Sunday morning was standing at the concession stand and he was agreeable to playing on Saturday night as well, as were the umpires. Everything just fell into place perfectly as God worked it all out putting the right people at the right place and time. My response was, "Thank you, Jesus!"
Our team went on to win that game on Saturday night, and then played two more games on Sunday afternoon (after church). Our boys took 2nd Place in their division and went home with trophies last night. But for me the real win is the way that God showed His love for us by working it all out and I am reminded that He enjoys taking care of our "little league" problems too! This tournament was for boys playing at the Majors and Minors level in baseball - and for me, the take away from this weekend is that we should remember to not only pray for the major stuff, but also the minor things as well. God is always good and He cares about everything you're going through!
"Ask as it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened." Matthew 7:7-8
For His Glory,