By Kathi Pelton
The past week I’ve been working on a elaborate “paint by number” for adults that I bought back when the quarantine began. I honestly have no idea why I ordered it because it’s not something I’d normally buy. As I’ve been working on it today I was amazing at the hundreds of tiny details to be painted and how some of the tiniest spots make the biggest impact on the painting.
As I looked at it the Lord began to speak to me about the intricate details. He said, “Kathi, I don’t only care about nations and initiatives but I care deeply about the ‘seemingly’ tiny things that my sons and daughters love and long for. Many think that I do not care about the small details but they forget that I know the very number of hairs on their head and grains of sand on the seashore. That is who I am. I paid great attention to the details when I made each one of you— and every detail matters to me.”
Then he showed me how some people feel very small and insignificant but how he sees them so very differently. I looked down at my painting where in the midst of large areas of dark and neutral colors there are two small dots of red paint. They literally make all of the large areas almost fade way because they stand out with such vibrancy. That is how he sees many who feel small and insignificant— they stand out like a vibrant beautiful color that draws his eye to them. Every detail matters and every person matters.
So, next time you are wondering if that small detail in your life really matters to God or the small thing that you love or that you do really is seen— then know that it truly does matter to God!
Though I am known for my writing, one of the things that I love to do is to make things in my home beautiful and cozy for my family. One Christmas season, a few years back, I got up in the middle of the night to pray and when I walked into my living room where all the little lights were glowing and revealing the details of my decorations, I heard the Lord’s voice so clearly say to me, “I love to be in your home. I love every detail and the attention you pour into the smallest spaces. I find rest here.” I immediately began to cry because that was one of the most kind and beautiful things he could have said to me. I had never enjoyed my home more than in that moment that we enjoyed it together.
He wants you to know that the pain you feel over something that others would consider insignificant is not insignificant to him. He wants you to know that he loves and cares about the smallest details of how he made you— those are what makes you uniquely “you!” Though you may feel like a little red dot in the midst of a world of broad brush strokes; you were placed in this world at this time to stand out and be an intricate detail in his creation.
He sees you, he sees what you love, what you feel passion and pain about, what he placed in you and his image that is in you. You may be one of his favorite resting places!
“Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.” Matthew 10:29-31
He is in your details!
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