no. 20 – The Details

Tonight is date night with my hubby so I won’t be posting my thoughts for the day. A friend, however, reminded me of this entry from a long time ago. I thought I’d share it again tonight.

Be blessed …


Have you ever read the book of Exodus? Maybe you have heard the story of Moses and how he led the Israelites out of Egypt. Or, the story of the Red Sea parting. I wonder though, have you ever read about the Sacred Tent? It is only a few chapters, but man are they intense and detailed.
What does this have to do with my life? If you are like me, you find yourself asking the question, “Does God really care about {insert issue}?” For example, does God really care that I don’t like having my kitchen floors covered in crumbs? What about the fact that I don’t ever have any “me” time. Or, that I wasn’t included in {insert a time when you felt left out}. I have and still do wonder if God cares about the details. In the scheme of things a messy house, a missed party or a failed attempt at “me” time isn’t the end of the world. And we all know that. I, however, don’t “bother” Him with my feelings, I just get really moody and whiney and have a pity party deal with it on my own and keep moving ahead. It isn’t because I don’t want God to be a part of my life, I simply remind myself that He has bigger, more important things to think about.
And then, I read about the Sacred Tent in Exodus and I am quickly reminded that He is the God of details. He is intricately detailed. There is not one piece of that tent that has not been mapped out or planned by Him. Why does He care so much about the Sacred Tent and the structure, design and intricacies? Well, it is because He dwells there. He is in the tent.
This leads me to Psalm 139.
O LORD, You have searched me and known me. You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you understand my thoughts from afar. You scrutinize my path and my lying down, and are intimately acquainted with all my ways … for you formed my inward parts; you wove me in my mother’s womb. I will give thanks to you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; wonderful are your works, and my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was made in secret, and skillfully wrought in the depths of the earth; your eyes have seen my unformed substance; and in your book were all written the days that were ordained for me, when as yet there was not one of them. How precious also are your thoughts to me, O God! How vast is the sum of them! If I should count them, they would outnumber the sand. {NASB}
The conclusion I have drawn from both of these passages is that God does care about the details. There is no detail too small for Him. He sees them all. And, even though it may seem small and insignificant to me, it isn’t to Him. Not only is He aware of it; He knew about me before I was born. He knows my thoughts. He sees my dirty floors. He is aware of my pity parties. He is mindful of my feelings of loneliness.
Bear with me as I make this connection. In a sense, WE are the sacred tent. Our soul is a “tent”. God dwells in us if we invite him. Just as he cared about every m i n u t e detail of that tent. He truly cares about every m i n u t e detail of our tent {soul}. To think that He loves me that much. To know and understand that nothing is hidden from Him. And yet He still chose to give me life. That is remarkable. Unimaginable.
The sacred tent and also my tent {soul} is being fashioned and formed. Made to His likeness. My guess is that those tent makers became frustrated at times and human temptation probably made them want to cut corners. But no. God cared about the details. That is it. I don’t want to cut corners as He builds His dwelling in me. When I pause to think how beautiful the sacred tent really was I cannot help but think that I too, might someday be beautiful. Not because I have clean floors, endless invitations and engagements or that I’ve had adequate ME time. But because I invited God to every detail of my life. And after He has heard my heart and listened to my cries, He {with abundant grace and love} reveals to me what He wants me {his tent} to look like. And what His plans are for my life. It may not be fashioned the way that I had in mind. But it is His way. And His ways are always beautiful.
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