Does God Look Over the Little Things?

September 6, 2012
Are the “little things” we do God’s Providence?


A ”Fond Farewell” Article

When I changed Support4Change to a new format, I needed to delete some articles that didn’t fit in the new site but were too good to completely throw away. So I have moved many of them here to the blog, where they will still be available and people can find them by using tags. Enjoy.


When I received the following e-mail forwarded from a friend, the conclusion was not quite that of the anonymous author. While I agree that life is nothing much more than “little things” that stand between us and either disaster or fortune, I find it hard to say that God “watched over” those who didn’t make it to work on Sept. 11, 2001 because it makes me question whether He withdrew his eye from the lives of those who got to work and were killed in the World Trade Center offices.

Perhaps it makes us feel better to think that God has a hand in everything we do. Do we feel this way because it gives us comfort?

Band aid sheer

After Sept. 11th, one company invited the remaining members of other companies who had been decimated by the attack on the Twin Towers to share their available office space. At a morning meeting, the head of security told stories of why these people were alive….. and all the stories were just little.

As you might know, the head of the company got in late that day because his son started kindergarten.

Another fellow was alive because it was his turn to bring donuts.

One woman was late because her alarm clock didn’t go off in time.

One was late because of being stuck on the NJ Turnpike because of an auto accident.

One of them missed his bus.

One spilled food on her clothes and had to take time to change.

One’s car wouldn’t start.

One went back to answer the telephone.

One had a child that dawdled and didn’t get ready as soon as he should have.

One couldn’t get a taxi.

The one that struck me was the man who put on a new pair of shoes that morning, took the various means to get to work but before he got there, he developed a blister on his foot. He stopped at a drugstore to buy a Band-Aid. That is why he is alive today.

Now when I am stuck in traffic, miss an elevator,turn back to answer a ringing telephone . . . all the little things that annoy me. I think to myself, this is exactly where God wants me to be at this very moment.

Next time your morning seems to be going wrong, the children are slow getting dressed, you can’t seem to find the car keys, and you hit every traffic light, don’t get mad or frustrated; know that God is at work watching over you.

May God continue to bless you with all those annoying little things and may you remember their possible purpose.

What do you think? Please comment below to let me know.

 Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons


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2 thoughts on “Does God Look Over the Little Things?

  1. I used to get annoyed at little things, but not any more. Have been trying to be a better person. Even then when some thing goes terribly wrong in your life, start wondering why does God want us to go through these things? We can try to find comfort thinking there are so many in the world going through worse situations, but it does not seem to work. Then I start thinking, these things happen because God wants us to understand the pain others are going through and be more compassionate . He also wants us to think seriously about life, its transient nature. These experiences teach us, not to take small discomforts or irritations seriously and let go of unnecessary things. Try to understand people and incidences and make life easier for ourselves and people around us, even when the time is very difficult for us.


  2. When you think about it, life is a series of “little things.” The milk you expected to use for cereal has turned a bit sour and you have to substitute something else, maybe apple juice. You decide it doesn’t taste too bad and might use it again.

    You are planning to leave the house when you decide to check whether the lawn chairs were knocked over in a recent wind storm. That’s when you notice a broken sprinkler that would have wasted a lot of water – and run up your water bill.

    I agree with you. The more we can let go of little things, the more likely we will be open to greater things.


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