Saturday, March 13, 2010

God Is In The Details

Matthew 10:30 (The Message)

"He pays even greater attention to you, down to the last detail ~ even numbering the hairs on your head."

This past week we have seen God working in the all the details as we prepare for my cancer surgery on March 23rd. I want to express here how much your prayers and encouraging thoughts have helped me as I go through this process.

Isaiah 30:21 says, "Whether you turn to the right or to the left, you will hear a voice behind you saying, 'This is the way, walk in it.'"

Last week when this verse in Isaiah popped up, we grabbed on to it and claimed this promise, continually asking God to show us the way ~ where to have surgery, when, how to deal with my extensive allergies and sensitivities, etc. He has done that, and more. My Lyme specialist and her staff bent over backwards to help us make these decisions, and my GYN surgeon is open to my special needs. God has shown up in the details.

What I want to share is another small way God revealed how He is in the details of my life. My sister Jan sent me a birthday gift from Dayspring. Along with that she had ordered me some cards to send out to others. She knows how much I love cards and stationary~! I called to thank her for the gifts and shared how helpful the cards were. Several were absolutely what I needed to hear for myself, at a time when fear decided to camp out in my living room. I told her I thought I would just sign her name on them and keep them for encouragement! (smile). She then said, "Well, I know you like the Wooley brand cards, so I wanted to send some." I said to her, "Jan I did not get any Wooley cards, I got a number of encouragement cards from Max Lucado!" As we both realized that a "divine mix-up" had occurred for me, I told her, "I don't think I will sign your name to the cards, I think I will sign God's! He knew exactly what I needed to hear." God was in the details of even this. I am amazed and yet I should not be, at how He has walked us through this past test, one procedure, one appointment, one birthday gift at a time. He will walk with us through the coming days too. If He knows the number of the hairs on my head, He knows just what I need at this time in my life.

Are you feeling lonely or forgotten today? Don't believe it! God loves us so much He is weaving His grace through the smallest details of our lives. We are deeply loved by a powerful God.

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Whidbey Woman said...

You are approaching this surgery and your cancer diagnosis with the right attitude. Keep your focus on the Lord. He is with you and will provide for all your needs.
Praise His holy name. Praying for you, Sister.

Denise said...

Sweetie, you are in my prayers.

Cherdecor said...

Renee, It is so wonderful how God is with you step by step as you rely and trust in Him. It is an amazing testimony to the rest of us who are walking and praying right along side of you. May the Lord shine down blessings upon you every day.

Debbie said...

Oh how I love to hear stories like this where God touches someone in such a real and personal way. How comforting and wonderful you obviously would find this. You are soo right of course. God is with us every step of the way right down to the smallest of details. I will pray for you and that you continue to feel His obvious presence in your life. Blessings to you, Debbie

Sandy said...

Renee, You are right. . .God is in the details! Thank you so much for this and for your comments to me! I am praying for you!

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

It just blessed me to hear how the Lord is walking right along beside you through all this! I will continue to pray for you, Renee. Thank you for praying for my cousin and her husband! They need all the prayer they can get! Have a wonderful weekend.


Peggy said...

Blessings Renee... I so love God moments! Just when you need them...
He (El Roi) sees and knows and this was no mistake...even if you like Wooley over Max (lol)! How sweet of your sister and how precious that you could sign each one with invisible ink from God's own hand to you; written on the wings of love! It's so encouraging and wonderful to hear how God is weaving & preparing each detail for your upcoming surgery!

I thought I was ok, until I got to the end of your post... so happy for you and I was overwhelmed not by the question but knowing I knew the answer deep within (and the tears began to flow) Healing tears I call them... I'm so thankful for the power of His love!

May God continue to rain/reign in your life with an abundance of His love and care and many prayers!

Joan said...

God cares about every detail in our lives. Isaiah 43:2 tells us that the Lord is with us when we pass through the waters and go through the fire. He knew just what you needed!


Lisa Buffaloe said...

Renee, I'm praying for you as God leads you gently and lovingly through this journey one step at a time.

RCUBEs said...

He does care. That was my comment after reading an awesome story sister Joan shared about her aunt. Of how the Lord truly cares about the littlest details in our lives.

Keeping you in prayers sister Renee. "Be strong in the Lord's mighty power" -Eph.6:10

God bless you and protect you. Have a blessed week ahead.

Cathy said...

I'm glad everything is working out for you, Dear. That is wonderful about the cards ministering to you. Keep them for inspiration. Praying for you ~ Blessings ~

Mevely317 said...

Renee, I always feel like I'm coming "home" at the sight of your header and intro ... happy belated birthday!
I loved hearing about the "divine mix-up"!
We're still holding you in our prayers...............

micey said...

Oh Renee! Your post helps me so much! Sometimes when God is silent in my life, the thing that keeps me going besides His Word is hearing how He is speaking in somebody else's life. I know He is sovereign and can speak to us all at the same time if He chooses, but clearly, sometimes one person needs Him more than the rest of us, like an earthly father is with his children. So I am praying He stays really really close to you through the days ahead. I am an operating room nurse in Florida. I have done the surgery you will have done. If you have any questions about it, please feel free to drop me an email at and know that it is God who will do your surgery. We are just His instruments! You will be surrounded by skilled people who have been gifted by God to do this job with precision. They will be with you throughout your surgery. You will never be left alone by them or by God. But you already know God will never leave you. =) God IS in every detail and when those people ask you why you aren't afraid, tell them about Jesus because that is one of those details. =) Praying for your complete recovery!!!

sarah said...

praying for you as you approach that surgery...and loved this post....Stay strong. He's got you in His amazing hands....Sarah

sarah said...

this is so encouraging. thank you.

Saleslady371 said...

I'm relieved to hear such an "upbeat Renee" again! Loved your card testimony. I continue to pray.

Clif said...

This is a powerful, touching story of how God watches over us and moves in our lives. Thank you for sharing from your heart.

{Simply} Heather T. said...

Renee, thank you for visiting me earlier today. I have full trust that God is in every detail, prepared in advance and that you will see much more of His covering unfold with each new day. He loves you ♥

He will shine through all of this, indeed.

Love to you.

Charlotte said...

Wow, what a thoughtful encouraging post. Not only has He blessed you and your family with these details, now He and you have encouraged us as well.
My prayers are with you as well as you approach your surgery. God is good.
Blessings and prayers,

Ginger said...

Renee, You will be in my prayers. I will pray for the Doctors who will be doing the surgery as well. What a great way for the Lord to give you what you need to hear with the Max Lucado cards. It is funny how we hear and read what we need to at any given time.
God Bless you Renee,

Lisa said...

I am believing God for your complete recovery! You have an awesome scripture to stand on and already God has shown up in your circumstances. I am thanking God in advance for your victory.:)

SmilingSally said...

Good thoughts, Renee! God is good, all the time. Even when circumstances aren't good, He is!

Georgia said...

Thank you so much for sharing this with us. Please know you will be in my prayers.

May God richly bless you today and every day!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for stopping by and commenting on my blog. I just read your post today and I sense your "walk with the Lord" is so strong. Very nice to meet you. :)


karen hopkins said...

I will glady be praying for you, asking Father God, my Jehovah Raphe, to bring peaceful healing * in every way * to your soul. I want to leave you with this poem I wrote some time ago, and I hope it ministers to your spirit as you read .. Just rest in His Arms of Love tonight, sweet friend.. He is there..

In the safe harbor of Gods loving arms
My life will always be
in times of high winds blowing
His Strong Love will cover me.

When waves crash around us
sending sprays of doubt across our face
I know the Harbor or His Love
will consume every inch of space.

And when boats around me flounder
as anchors break at the very chain
My God, my Hope, my Protector
will never keep me in this stormy rain!

For the Harbor of my God on High
shelters me from storms that may consume!
But my Harbor Master, the One who I place my trust
will lead me out of lifes dark, and heavy gloom.

WIth powerful rain falling around me
and the waves sending sprays out to the sea
My trust and Hope is found in nothing less
than the Harbor of Love that shelters me..

And In the safe harbor of Gods loving arms
My life will always be
in times of high winds blowing
His Strong Love will cover me.

Oh yes, the harbor of His loving arms
such power and strength to guide
My hope is found in nothing less
than the One I cling to in the rising tide..

Gayle said...

I am so glad you stopped by my blog today and visited! I enjoyed reading about God being in the details. I found a reminder of that on Friday as well. When I looked at it, I realized that it was a little thing to let me know how He cares for me, and how I can trust Him with the big things.

Marsha said...

Hi Renee. Thanks for stopping by today. I will be praying for your cancer surgery on the 23rd. It's so amazing to read of the many ways He has blessed in the details - all the way down to the mix up with your sister's gift.


jeanne said...

Renee, my prayers are being said for your coming surgery. I read your profile and enjoyed it so much. Having your faith in God is half the battle of recovery. My thoughts will be with you as you travel down this road.
Blessings and love, Jeanne

LeAnn * ~ See Great Things said...

What a precious story! It is something I never tire of hearing, God nearness and his great love. Thanks for so beautifully sharing hat today. I pray that great wisdom and discernment be granted you doctors as they proceed with you, and that his peace pours down on you and all those near you.

daylily777 said...

Hi Renee,
That is wonderful to hear how you are seeing him work in your life through this time . I will be praying for you . I love it when a word , in the form of a Bible verse comes from the Lord , it is such a comfort.

dominique said...

I loved this story and I love it when God shows up!

These kind of moments always serve to remind me that we serve a God who understands ever nuance about our lives and loves us completely!

I am always amazed how people live their lives with out Him. I cannot imagine living my life without Him.

Thanks so much for sharing.

I grabbed your RSS and will add a link to my blog!