Posted by: genelnicholsblog | May 12, 2016

faithful in a very little

I am going to tell you about an incident in my life this week which will probably sound a little silly.  But sometimes, simple moments suddenly bring “Ah Ha!” type epiphanies.  We had our house power washed last Friday.  We were asked to remove all the window screens so there would be no chance of tearing one with the force of the water.  Mike was able to get them all out rather quickly and easily.  I decided to go with the moment and took them down to hose them all off and let them dry in the sun.  That evening, we proceeded to “attempt” to put the screens back in — no amount of effort could get those screens back into the windows!  We both tried, studied, analyzed, groaned, huffed and puffed, but not one screen would pop back into any window.  We tried the next day — and the next — but there was nothing we could do to get those screens back in.  So, now it’s Monday and I am thinking we cannot possibly call Champion windows to ask for a repairman to come and put in our screens!  I arrived home first Monday afternoon with a renewed commitment to get those dumb things in. I knew we must be missing the little “trick” to pop those suckers in, but what was it?! After another frustrating 15 minutes, it finally hit me … is this too silly or goofy to pray about? So I had a frank talk with the Lord, and asked Him to show me the “trick” — the right way to pop in the screens.  And, you guessed it, the screen popped in on the very first try!  It went in so easily, it was almost like magic.  As I happily skipped from window to window, popping in screen after screen, (each taking about 30 seconds to do), I had to wonder;

Was the Lord smiling or shaking His head?

The prophet Habakkuk said in chapter 2, verse 1:

I will take my stand at my watchpost
and station myself on the tower,
and look out to see what he will say to me,
and what I will answer concerning my complaint.

In the book Jesus, Continued, author JD Greear writes that prayer is relationship and a two-way interaction.

“Prayer is not just informing God about things we need His help with.  He already knows everything and doesn’t need us to be His news-ticker reel for our lives. Prayer is relationship in which we pour out our requests to God and experience His guidance…”

So I have decided that God was smiling as I cheerfully rejoiced with each new popped-in screen.  He took pleasure in my joy, but even more so because I came to Him (even with my simple and silly).  He could have shaken His head at the fact that it took me until the fourth day before I took this little frustration to Him, but I don’t believe that is in His nature.  Habakkuk got it – watch and listen for what God will say to us.  In big things and in the small, a relationship like God wants to have with us allows us to talk to Him about …


One who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much
Luke 16:10


  1. I know the feeling. I can’t tell you how many times He has answered my requests or how many times He has shown me where to find things I’ve lost, or even found parking spaces for me. He truly does care and answers when we call.

  2. Indeed He will help us ! Big or small –He will help with them all !
    Thanks for sharing Genel

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