Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff

The company of the prophets said to Elisha, “Look, the place where we meet with you is too small for us. Let us go to the Jordan, where each of us can get a pole; and let us build a place there for us to live.” And he said, “Go.” Then one of them said, “Won’t you please come with your servants?” “I will,” Elisha replied. And he went with them. They went to the Jordan and began to cut down trees. As one of them was cutting down a tree, the iron axhead fell into the water. “Oh, my lord,” he cried out, “it was borrowed!” The man of God asked, “Where did it fall?” When he showed him the place, Elisha cut a stick and threw it there, and made the iron float. “Lift it out,” he said. Then the man reached out his hand and took it. – 2 Kings 6:1-7

You’ve probably heard it said: “Don’t sweat the small stuff!” Of course, the point is that we shouldn’t let ourselves be troubled and overrun by the little things of life. The incident that occurred in today’s Bible reading points us in that direction.

The tree-cutting was going well when one of the workers broke his borrowed ax, and the iron head flew into the Jordan River. “Where did it fall?” the prophet Elisha asked. When the man showed him the place, Elisha threw a stick in the water and “made the iron float.” “Lift it out,” he said. So the man “reached out his hand and took it.”

That miracle worked by the power of God illustrates an important truth: God cares about us and the things that affect our lives, such as lost ax heads, lost coins, lost keys, lost files, lost cell phones – the little things that cause us to fret and worry. He does not always restore what was lost – for his own good reasons – but he understands our loss and seeks to comfort us in our distress.

Recall a time when your child or grandchild was distressed over some small loss and your heart was touched by their distress. The broken or mislaid thing had little significance for you, but it wasn’t trifling to them. It mattered to you because it mattered to them, and your child or grandchild matter to you.

So it is with our heavenly Father. Our small worries and troubles matter to him because we mean everything to him. Just look at the cross and you will see how much we matter to God. We can cast all our cares, anxieties, worries, small stuff on him because he cares about us.

Don’t sweat the small stuff – trust that your heavenly Father will always take care of you.

Prayer: Thank you, Father, for caring about my cares because you care about me. All the small stuff in my life that I like to sweat, I leave in your hands. In my Savior’s name. Amen.


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