What Are Your Small Things?


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A number of years ago, I was walking one evening with some friends, when the husband stopped suddenly and bent down to pick something up off the pavement.

He handed me a penny and said,

“Laura, God cares about the small things.”

Those words came at a time in my life when I struggled to believe that God even saw me in my distress, let alone cared about many of the little places that seemed like they would be insignificant to God even though they were huge and overwhelming to me.

But even the fact that my friend offered those words and that seemingly worthless penny, showed me in the moment that God did see and he did care.

I’ve never forgotten that evening nearly two decades ago.

When my husband and I married, I shared the story one day while we were out walking. I handed him a penny I saw on the sidewalk and since then we’ve been picking up pennies. We now have quite a collection.

The best part is not the pennies, but the places we find them.

It seems that at every significant juncture in our life, God shows one of us a penny. In the parking lot at a conference, on the street by a new house, during an anniversary trip, after a job loss–all the places that hold some meaning or distress yield a penny.

God’s little reminders that he’s in everything.

It’s good to remember that God thinks about us and cares about the small stuff. (That’s probably why we don’t have to sweat it.) He says the hairs on our head are numbered. I don’t know about you, but a strand of hair is pretty small, especially for some of us.

You see, as my friends shared, the Bible says,

“Who dares despise the day of small things…?”  Zechariah 4:10

So today, what are your small things?

What are the places that you think are insignificant to God, but weigh on your heart? What’s some little thing that you are thinking about? What might God show you or do for you to say,

“I see you. I love you. I care about the small things.”

If you keep your eyes open, you’ll see it.

Maybe it will be a penny when you least expect it, but need it most.


8 thoughts on “What Are Your Small Things?

  1. Love that story Laura! It’s funny that I have had a very similar experience. It was when I was in grade 8 at school, during a PE lesson – when I found some money on the ground (not a very large amount from memory). Still, I figured it must have dropped from someone’s pockets during the games – so I took it to our teacher. At the end of the day, he called me into his office, where he handed me back the money I had found. Nobody had claimed it. But then he basically just said that “If you can trust someone in the small things, you can trust them in the big things.” I have never forgotten that lesson.

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    1. What a great story! I looked up that verse as well when writing this post. God gives us small things and then more and more as we prove faithful. That is such a great principle to live by in how we view things but also how we deal with every day life. Thanks for sharing!

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  2. Hi Laura, Beautiful reminder. A walk around Santa Cruz and all different times of the day and evening. Sometimes, often actually, I am contemplating some challenge or dream of mine. So interestingly, I will come up with what I think is a “semi-Brilliant” idea and then, just like that a penny shows up on the ground. I always pick them up, only because I believe they are a message from God to, as you say, “appreciate the small things.” Yes, God is in the small things and He secures me enough to handle the BIG things. Such an awesome God!

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