Even the Little Things
by Kathy Howard
One day in the grocery store, I was caught in the fallout of the prevalent “I don’t need a cart” mentality. As I perused the apples, I noticed a man carrying four 2-liter bottles of soda in his arms. Just as he passed me, one of the large bottles slipped from his arms and hit the tile floor. The angle of the impact was just right to be wrong—for me.
The lid popped off and a powerful shower of Coca Cola covered me and my cart. The man glanced at me, shrugged his shoulders, and said, “Huh. Who would’ve thought that would happen.” Then he walked away. No apology. No offer to get me a paper towel. When I got home, I not only had to take a shower, I also had to wash all my groceries before I put them away.
Okay, I’ll confess. Many times, I too have gone into the grocery store and skipped the cart because I “only need a couple of things.” As I rush down the aisles to get the bread, milk, and bananas, I usually end up seeing other things I really need too. Then before you know it, my arms are overloaded and I end up leaving a trail of things behind me as I make my way to the checkout line.
Unfortunately, I do the same thing with life’s little problems and stresses. When just one or two small things come along, I often fail to turn them over to God. “I can handle that… I don’t need to bother God with that…” But soon I’m weighed down with far more than I can handle on my own.
Maybe you’ve experienced the same thing. Perhaps you’re even weary right now from trying to carry an armload of troubles. God cares about you and invites you to bring Him every big thing and even all the little things. “Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you” (1 Peter 5:7). Take Him your troubles today. Don’t wait until Coca-Cola is dripping off the end of your nose.
A former “cultural Christian,” Kathy Howard now has a contagious passion for God’s Word. She’s a Bible teacher, women’s event speaker, and the author of eight books. Kathy and her husband live in Texas. They have three married children, six grandchildren, and two accidental dogs. Connect with Kathy at www.KathyHoward.org, Facebook, and Instagram.