The expression, “The devil is in the details,” refers to a catch or mysterious element hidden in the details of a story.
Knowing Scripture tells us that our enemy the devil “prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour” (1 Peter 5:8), we are safe to assume that some of the troubles we encounter are his doing (Read the Book of Job). However, most of the time, the problems we face are just garden-variety consequences of living in a fallen world. Rather than give Satan more credit than he is due, we would do better to look for God in the details of our circumstances.
My daughter was rear-ended by a drunk driver recently. She called me as she drove home from the accident scene. After assuring me she was not injured, she told the harrowing story of seeing the car behind her weaving back and forth, climbing sidewalks and crossing the oncoming traffic lane. She called 911. As she reported the erratic driver, the 911 operator heard the impact as he hit the back of her SUV.
As we spoke, less than 30 minutes after the accident, Aimee was able to thank God that her children were not with her. She was grateful she was driving the SUV instead of their car, resulting in minimal damage to her vehicle. She was thankful it wasn’t a head-on impact. She appreciated the rapid response of the Toledo Police. A kind nurse on the scene checked to see if she was alright. She was glad her husband returned home the night before from out of state. There were three vehicles involved in the accident; everyone had insurance, and no one was injured.
When Aimee got home, she posted the story of her mishap on Facebook. She said, “Not how I wanted to wrap up my week, but I’m glad for the opportunity to see how God was in the details!”
Choosing to see God in the details enables us to recognize God’s presence and care for us in our daily lives.
When bad things happen (and they will), we need to only look to find that God is in the details. Even when we aren’t spared from tragedy, we will find God faithful. When we faced the likelihood of my husband Jon’s death, we were able to see God’s provision in so many ways. A year before his diagnosis of Leukemia, I resumed my career as a social worker after a 10-year leave to raise my family. It was my dream job. I was prepared to take over the support of the family when Jon died two years later.
Before Jon got sick, a friend who was new in the insurance business asked to talk to us about our life insurance coverage. Although we had a minimal policy we had purchased before our children were born, we declined his offer, as we thought couldn’t afford more coverage. He then asked if he could just go through the motions of a presentation to give him practice. We agreed, as long as he understood that we weren’t buying. We ended up converting from our full-life coverage to a term-life policy. For just a few dollars more a month, we tripled our coverage – a Godsend that eased my financial pressures after Jon’s death.
Seeing God in the details gave me comfort, courage, and hope.
Take comfort and find hope, whatever your situation: God is in the details. He will care for you, because He cares for you.
Today’s challenge: Look for God in the details. Is there some mishap or crisis that you can now look back on and see God in the details? Give Him thanks and then encourage someone else with your story.
Kathy Ptaszek (pronounced tay-zack) loves people and is known for her warmth and the ability to connect with audiences of all ages. She has spoken to thousands of women at retreats, as well as community and church events throughout Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Colorado for over 40 years.
Change and loss have been a part of Kathy’s journey. Her husband Jon died in 1991, leaving her to single-parent their daughters, Aimee and Molly, who were ages 11 and 13 at the time. Through it all, she is convinced of the goodness and sovereignty of God. Kathy has a wonderful blog full of encouragement over at Holy Ground All Around.
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