Ok, so let me start with the preface that this post is by no means a theology lesson. I’ll leave that to the theologians. But I guess it is asking some theological questions. Brent and I like asking the kinds of questions that come out of everyday circumstances. You know, the kind of occurrences that make you pause and wonder. So, here’s the circumstance.
I noticed a co-worker was eating a pomegranate recently. It intrigued me because, as I explained to her, a while back I was attempting to de-seed one of these yummy fruits and it turned into a huge mess with juice covering me and a good portion of my kitchen. (Picture a gruesome murder mystery. No, don’t picture that. Sorry.) And yet, here she was eating one at her desk in relative daintiness. I love pomegranate seeds and so I wondered what the secret was to peeling/eating them. We had a semi-lengthy discussion on this and then I went back to my desk to enjoy my own lunch. Now I had a craving for pomegranates.
Shortly after I left her office, another co-worker, Rob, entered. First, you have to understand that Rob has this great website, “Cooking with Dads,” so he knows a thing or two about food preparation. That’s why Karin suggested that it would be great if he did a segment on the best way to peel a pomegranate. Can you believe it? He told her he had been planning to create a video on that very thing the next day! What are the chances of that?
Karin and I asked that question ourselves. As believers, we know that God cares about us and he’s definitely involved intimately in our lives. But can we go so far as to believe he even cares about the less than important things that concern us on a daily basis? Surely, there are many more crucial things for him to pay attention to? However I wondered if, in hearing our conversation about wishing we knew the best way to peel a pomegranate, God might take the opportunity to show us he’s involved in the smallest details?
Stop and really think about it. In Luke, Christ says, “Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? And not one of them is forgotten before God. Why, even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not; you are of more value than many sparrows” (12:6, 7). Might he be reminding us, “If I care even about tiny things (like pomegranates), you can trust that I’m at least as involved in the big things, the things that really matter.”
As I thought ahead to a few serious concerns I had, I somehow felt a renewed peace that God had it all in his very capable hands.
What do you think? Does God care about the little things? Do you have some “pomegranate stories”?