Seeing the Divine in the Seemingly Simple


“Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” - Matthew 25:40

104.3 radio staff show off some of the stuffed animals they helped collect.

A month ago, I posted a story about my 4-year-old daughter, Faith, and about her idea to give away her stuffed animals to kids who had everything ripped away from them during the devastating string of tornadoes that wracked the Southeast.

Then our church and community got involved – and this idea grew in size and scope.

The end result?

Our church collected over 1,500 stuffed animals that we’re giving away this summer to organizations that are working with displaced families. It was pretty cool to see this result after a simple conversation about how we could help people in need.

However, there’s always more to the story.

At church and around town, Faith has been getting recognized. I was at a high school sporting event and some random kids recognized Faith from seeing her on television. At church, she has a little fan club of kids who every time they see her say, “You were on TV!” She just shrugs and keeps walking. (For a kid who has seen every family video her dad made aired on the living room television, being “on TV” must not hold much significance to her yet.)

Getting ready for bed this week, I asked what she thought about what happened when she encouraged people to help those in need. I then had the following exchange with her:

Me: “So, who do you think gave you that idea?”

Faith: “God did.”

Me: “Why do you think he gave you that idea?”

Faith: “Because he wanted all those kids who didn’t have anything to have stuffed animals.”

To her it was simple: those kids needed something and God made sure they got it.

Sometimes, I think we don’t believe everything in God’s Word. Does God really care about those seemingly insignificant needs in our lives – like getting a close parking spot? Or whether or not we have a stuffed animal? We are afraid to ask, afraid to bother the Big Man with such trite requests. However, as a dad, I’ve learned that my kids certainly don’t think that way. They will ask for any and everything – and sometimes driving you to the point of insanity. It’s the innocent heart of a little child.

I don’t know if any of those families whose lives were rocked by the tornadoes had any children asking God to give them a stuffed animal. But I do know that God cares, even in the midst of deep tragedy. He cares about the tiny details and the tiny people. And sometimes he will use tiny people to inspire us big people, showing us the divine in the seemingly simplest of acts.

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