What if Peyton Manning came to play quarterback for your son’s Pop Warner football team?
What if Paula Deen agreed to cook for your little girl’s tea party?
What if Bob Villa decided to come over help you put together the dresser in your daughter’s room?
What if Ben Carson made a house call just to put the band-aid on your child’s scraped knee?
Such possibilities not only seem unlikely, but also unnecessary. Why would such esteemed individuals, experts and renown in their field, come to participate in the simple, insignificant, and everyday elements of my life? What time do they have for the trivialities of my existence? The obvious answer to that question is “none.” I should not expect such important help in such seemingly unimportant matters. Or should I?
Ben Carson and Bob Villa are well-respected in their fields. Undoubtedly, any help they offered would be greatly appreciated. However, the help these people can offer is nothing compared to One who is our ever-present help (Ps. 46:1). No offense, but their help is nothing when compared to the fact that the Holy, Almighty God, who calls those things that be not as if they were (Rm. 4:17), who sustains all things with the word of his power (Heb. 1:3), for whom heaven is his throne and the earth his footstool (Acts 7:49). This God, amazingly, willingly and joyfully condescends to participate in the everyday mundane, seemingly insignificant aspects of our everyday lives. Who needs Peyton Manning, we have God. Who needs Paul Deen or Ben Carson (no offense), we have the Sovereign, Almighty God every day and every way in our lives.
In other words, it’s not “what if”; it’s “what is”! And the Psalmist says, “The LORD is…”:
The LORD is your keeper; the LORD is your shade on your right hand. The sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night. The LORD will keep you from all evil; he will keep your life. The LORD will keep your from all evil, he will keep your life. The LORD will keep your going out and your coming in from this time forth and forevermore (Ps. 121:8).