Lois and I live in a house that is seventy or eighty years old. It is built of logs that haven’t been finished; they’re roughly straight, and roughly the same size, but no two are alike which means that the walls are only roughly straight.
Thanks to scheduling issues, we’ve had two contractors renovating the top floor and the basement. Both have had to deal with the roughly straight walls and the less than level floors. Both have done so with great care and attention to detail, compensating for the roughly straight house by carefully trimming and adjusting the very straight lumber modern technology offers.
In addition to dealing with a less than level basement floor, the chap working there had the extra challenge of fitting the flooring around the chimney. While most chimneys are made of brick and pretty much straight, ours is not. It is made from rough-cut stone blocks which are flat on the top and bottom, but even less straight than the logs that form the house. As a result, the contractor spent several hours trimming and shaping the flooring in order to fit tightly around the uneven chimney. It took him as long to finish that job as it had for him to completely lay the floor in the main room in the basement. That room, by the way, is just a little less than half of the house.
Needless to say, his attention to detail was phenomenal, and the result looks great. Kudos to his patience and talent, and to that of the upstairs contractor, too, as he had many unique challenges dealing with his part of our roughly straight house.
When these two people were doing their work, their focus was on our project. Occasionally they had side jobs that took them away for an hour or a day, but we were pretty much their only customers. Focussing on us, and being the kind of workers they are, it makes sense that I can tell you of their meticulous craftsmanship and their shared attention to detail.
Thinking bigger, however, thinking about God, who deals with all humanity, and all creation for that matter, you’d think that maybe God didn’t pay so much attention to detail. God is pretty busy, with a lot to think about and do, so it would make sense if God just took care of the big things and left the details up to Creation and the lifeforms that fill it.
That’s not the case at all. God handles the needs of each sparrow individually and even counts the number of hairs on we human being’s heads. Each flower that blooms, each atom that spins, is under God’s watchful eye. God’s attention to detail is beyond comparison.
More important than God’s concern for birds, physics or whatever hairline we might (or might not…) possess, is God’s concern for what’s happening in our lives. No detail is unimportant. No prayer or thought is tossed off as not important enough. God cares for you from your smallest worry to your biggest joy. Correction: God cares for each and every one of us from our smallest worry to our biggest joy. Even if you think something is too trivial to bring to God, it’s not. God loves you so much that even the tiniest detail matters.