READ Nehemiah 9:1-21
As the people celebrate the Festival of Booths, they begin to recall all of the incredible things God did during their escape from Egypt. Isn’t it funny how easily we forget the magnificent works of God in our past.
Now as they recall that journey their ancestors took, they make the most impressive list of God’s feats on their behalf-
You divided the sea.
You led them with a pillar of cloud by day and with a pillar of fire by night.
You spoke to them from Heaven.
You gave them bread from Heaven.
You brought them water from a rock.
The list goes on and on of the incredulous, miraculous works of Almighty God. And then comes this item on the list- “They lacked nothing… nor did their feet become swollen.”
As I read, I can’t help but grind to a halt at that verse. How on earth does something as trivial as swollen feet make it’s way on to this list?
Well, because it reflects the heart of God. You see God is not only someone who cares about splitting seas and giving you bread from Heaven. He also notices when your feet swell and it gets a little harder to walk. He isn’t just the God of the massive things, but also the little things. He has the most exquisite attention to detail.
Doesn’t this just make you love him even more?! Despite his magnificence he takes the time to notice the smallest of things in your life and delights to take care of the details when you let him. We aren’t called to just entrust the big noteworthy things to him, because in his view everything that concerns you is noteworthy. The devil robs us of beautiful reliance on him when he convinces us that our troubles are too little to bother God with.
So next time you are reticent to bring the little things to God, remember the Israelites feet and how he made sure, that in the midst of everything else, they didn’t swell.
God, we thank you that you are so deeply concerned with every part of our lives. Help us to carry it all to you. Amen.