by Jennifer AlLee
Finding Blessings in the little things I’ve prayed a lot of big prayers in my lifetime. Prayers about really important things. But on Tuesday, I had one little prayer request for God: Please excuse me from jury duty.
It’s not that I don’t want to fulfill my civic duty. I just didn’t want to do it now. Maybe it’s never a convenient time to put your life on hold and serve on a jury, but this summer is particularly bad for me. Lots of stuff going on in my family that needs my attention. So I asked God if he would please get me out of it.
First off, since it was the day after a holiday, we didn’t have to report to the court house until noon. That’s huge, because normally, it’s 8:00 AM. That would have meant driving downtown at the height of rush hour. Not a pleasant thought.
Blessing number two came when I was walking the four blocks from the parking structure. I don’t go downtown very often and wasn’t 100% certain which way to go. I was holding my jury summons in my hand, checking the map on the back when an older gentleman said to me, “I see we’re going to the same place.” He had the same summons, and thankfully, he knew his way around. So we walked and chatted, and I arrived safely at my destination without stressing about getting lost.
Finally, the biggest blessing of all came when, three hours later, the registrar announced that they had more people than they needed, and she started calling out the names of those who could leave. I waited and prayed some more as she called out names in groups of ten. Finally, I heard my name… the last name called in the 6th group. I was 60 people in, but I was excused. Not only that, but those three hours I spent at the court house mean I’m exempt from jury duty for at least the next 18 months.
My prayer was not the most important prayer God heard that day. I didn’t ask for the biggest thing. God didn’t have to think twice about my prayer. But he did. At the same time that he was answering prayers about life and death issues, he was also answering my little request. What a wonderful God we have to be so invested in every part of our lives. He sees us, small as we are, and listens to every word we pray.
Are not five sparrows sold for two copper coins?
And not one of them is forgotten before God.
But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.
Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.
Luke 12:6-7, NKJV
How about you? How has God taken care of a little thing that meant a lot?
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