Although the temperatures seem to already indicate its presence, the first official day of summer will actually not arrive until June 21st. More precisely, according to almanac.com, the 2020 summer solstice begins on June 20th at 11:32 p.m. EDT.
Okay…that is enough, and the extent of, my scientific endeavor for this writing, but it is important to note that our God is definitively a Being of order and precision… AND, our Creator is also very much into the details of His creation. The idea of these particulars is what we will talk about in the remainder of this correspondence as we are reminded of how much God cares for those of us who think we are somewhat insignificant. We will begin with these words from the psalmist.
“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.” Psalm 139:13
Basically, God knows every detail of ALL of us! Just like the seasons come and go with the help of God’s hand, our “seasons” (and sometimes storms) are also monitored by His providential guidance. Often, we may think that our situations are not important enough to warrant divine intervention, but on the contrary, our Lord very much desires to be seen in the details of our lives. One such individual is described in 2 Kings 6:4b-7.
“They went to the Jordan and began to cut down trees. As one of them was cutting down a tree, the iron ax-head 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.”
This story takes place after Elisha heals Naaman and before Israel’s army is delivered from the Arameans (an important man & an important event). The man who lost the ax-head was obviously not very important in the eyes of the world. His name is not even mentioned, and he did not even own his own ax, but he was doing what God had called him to do.
Most people focus on the fact that the iron floated; certainly a miracle. However, we also need to notice that the prophet, through God’s power, focused on meeting the man’s seemingly trivial need. This is how God operates within His servants’ lives, including mine and yours. That is, He wants us to continuously “work in His vineyard” while we willingly leave the details to His discretion.
By the way, what was this axman called by God to do? He was helping build a new home for the prophets so that God’s Word and Work could be increased. What are we called by God to do? The following should adequately sum-up our response as we continue to Smile at the Storm:
We need to do our BEST, and let God ‘DETAIL’ the rest!