Kate Martin

The day a pair of scissors changed my life!

God cares about every little detail, so why not trust him with everything, asks Kate Martin

Do you ever find yourself asking: Is God really in control here? Does he need a hand? Has he forgotten about me? What is he playing at?

Maybe we are so used to organising and planning that at times we forget: he is the ultimate planner. Our job is to intimately and deeply trust the Planner.

Trusting God in calm seasons is easy but when a time of stretching comes, we find ourselves slipping back into familiar patterns of ‘what-ifs’. Our need to know the outcome takes over. We come face to face with the unknown, and we panic.

Let’s not forget, God is working from a vantage point we can’t even comprehend. Our thoughts are not facts – but we can choose to take hold of that internal ‘what if’ dialogue and change it to a ‘what is’ dialogue.

We may think that the biggest life decisions are those involving jobs, relationships or where we’ll live or study. But actually, the biggest life decision we will ever make is whether to trust God is working all things out for good – even when we don’t understand it.

A few years ago, we had a house fire, meaning we had to move out for six months.

Nearly all our possessions were unsalvageable. A day or so after the fire our youngest daughter, Esme, who was five at the time, was doing a craft task that involved cutting. She was using a pair of scissors that happened to be in the house where we were staying.

The trouble was they were far too big for her and she was getting frustrated. She said, “Mummy, I just need ‘my’ scissors.” I remember sighing, thinking I couldn’t give her what she needed.

With that, I picked up the box we keep important documents in to check them. I couldn’t believe my eyes as there, on top of the documents, were her scissors. I don’t recall them ever being in that box before and they’ve never been since. At that moment, everything changed for me.

If the God who flung the stars into space can supply the smallest, most insignificant of pleas from a little child, that means he really does care about every corner of my life. I truly can trust him with every detail.

As Philippians 4:6 says, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” Everything? Really? As you’re reading this right now whatever needs you have, he knows and you can trust him.

This was one of those moments where I saw the goodness and provision of God. But there is so much we can’t see… like his hands holding back the things that would harm us, the angels he sends on our behalf to shield and protect, and the roads he reroutes to enable us to walk out our calling.

Our Father is the Planner; he is in the details. Lay down your need to know and simply trust him. We never need to be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.

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