“Yesterday morning, Charlie and I went for a walk on the beach before the rain rolled in. The storm clouds were dark towers against the horizon, and the water was a bright aqua in the spots where the sun was still shining. This stretch of sand is really good for shelling and actually can hurt your feet if you go without shoes.
As we strolled along, we stopped every few feet to pick up beautiful shells that caught our eye. They come in so many different colors and shapes. I know we’re picking up what real “shellers” would think of as just average pieces, but they’re all so pretty that we can’t help it. Then, by some miracle, I saw this one waiting for us in the wet sand.
About as large as my pinky fingernail, it’s the tiniest whole shell I remember ever seeing. Yet, even among the shell bed that gets dumped on every day by waves, crunched by joggers, and battered by rainstorms, it isn’t even chipped. It’s color and stripes are just as detailed and perfect as similar shells that are much larger.
It struck me that God is so detailed in His control and care for creation that He made sure even this tiniest shell had all the right details and was made complete. With all the complex things He made, He still put the same level of care and craftsmanship into this small shell.
“When I consider your heavens,
the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars,
which you have set in place,
what is mankind that you are mindful of them,
human beings that you care for them?” Psalm 8:3-4
In Luke, Jesus tells us that God has even numbered the hairs on our head. Why would He do that unless He cares for each fiber of our being? He’s not just interested in the big things about our lives. We shouldn’t hesistate to share the small,tiny worries, concerns, triumphs and joys with Him.
This little shell reminded me that He is Lord over all things great and small. He cares for the tiny, seemingly unimportant things with the same detail and eye for completeness that He brings to the larger issues of our lives as well. I think we’re tempted sometimes to only cast our big worries onto Him. We think our little concerns are silly and insignificant in His eyes.
Yet our worries pile up like shells on the beach – some large and obvious, some small and hidden among the pile. This shell reminds me that God cares equally for every part of our hearts. His concern for us is not proportionate to the size of the issue. He brings the same detailed love and perfection to everything. His creation is wide and varied, yet all equally cared for and made equally beautiful. This shell reminds me that He wants us to share all things, great and small, with Him. He will bring His same intense love to all parts of us.
This little shell reminds me to not leave parts of my life hidden in the pile, dismissed as insignificant. It reminds me to continually open myself up to Him, allowing Him access to every concern, every thought, every desire so that He can touch and perfect them all.