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“God is in the details.” I heard these words years ago. As time passes, the message seems clearer and unfolds with more understanding.
How amazing is it that our God knows each of us intimately… individually? That He tends us, and this world upon which we live? Yet, we are miniscule in the Eternal realm.
Elder Bruce R. McConkie, when speaking of the Lord’s magnificently immense creations said, ““There is no finite way to envision the extent of the worlds created by Christ at the behest of his Father. Count the grains of sand on all the seashores and Saharas of the world, add the stars in the firmament for good measure, multiply the total by like sums from other worlds, and what do we have? Scarcely a dot in the broad expanse of an infinite universe—all created by Christ.” [The Promised Messiah, Deseret Book Publishing, 1998, page 55]
In all this immensity, we have a place with our God. He knows us by name, we are made in His image, and His holy work is to bring about our “immortality and eternal life.” [see Pearl of Great Price, Moses 1:39.]
Seeing the Whole Picture
Sometimes when I’m taking in a scene, I see the width and breadth of it as a whole. But I miss a ton of details. Several closer looks later, I take note of the hummingbird hovering at a flower, a small animal settled under brush, or any number of details I missed the first- or fifth- time.
Yet, those tiny details make the view all the more beautiful. They complete the picture.
So it goes in our lives. We are busy with the fundamentals of getting the job done, dealing with the ‘here and now’ while our God notes all the minutiae, and keeps track of the ‘end from the beginning.’
Looking back on my life journey, it’s astounding to see how the puzzle pieces make sense… a building of my mortal experience, with the right people, places, and events [what seems good, bad, or otherwise]. What do I know? A bit more than I did in my youth. But I still see with only mortal eyes. My memory and understanding are limited. Our Father and our Savior know and understand everything. They have seen all the pieces of the puzzle from the beginning. While I have a very small angle snapshot, they see the whole picture.
Trusting in Him
When we do a double take, and ‘take in’ more of a picture, a scene, or understanding, we see more to enjoy, appreciate, and love. So imagine how much our Father and our Savior enjoy, appreciate, and love!
They know of every single little detail of our lives with its ups and downs. Seeing the entirety, they note the fine points of which we are unaware. They see us in the royal way we were made. There is no puzzle piece missing in their view. Our everlasting joy is what they seek for us.
As we go about seeking it for ourselves, maybe it’s all easier than we imagine. We don’t need to worry about every single little detail. That is God’s job. So, we can give our will over to Him. Everything else is already His, anyway.
Doing so, we can more easily accept the way that God directs us in our mortal journey, and appreciate the manner in which He teaches and blesses. It is simply and beautifully put in words in the poem below. I don’t know of the author, but appreciate the wisdom!
I asked for Strength………And God gave me difficulties to make me strong.
I asked for Wisdom………And God gave me problems to solve.
I asked for Prosperity………And God gave me brain and brawn to work.
I asked for Courage………And God gave me danger to overcome.
I asked for Love………And God gave me troubled people to serve.
I asked for Favors………And God gave me opportunities.
I received nothing I wanted ……..I received everything I needed!
So we can see that hard things may bring courage, every little event may lead to the experiences we need, and those experiences grant us wisdom, testimony and insight. In the vastness of all creation, we are known individually.
We can trust Him even when we are barely able to hold on, the light is temporarily dim, or we seem to be headed in a mindless direction. With the entire view easily seen, we are watched over by heavenly eyes that see more than we can even imagine.
We might be amazed at the unfolding of a bit of knowledge here or understanding there. It’s all good. But God has known it all along. He is in the details. It’s all in His control.