Written by Sharon L. Good, MA, LPC-S
Minister of Counseling & Real LIFE Ministries
“Catch the foxes for us—the little foxes that ruin the vineyards—for our vineyards are in bloom.” Song of Songs 2:15 (KJV)
During a routine check of a B-2 Stealth Bomber in Guam, the maintenance crew discovered humidity messed with the bomber’s air pressure sensors; it didn’t worry them too much because we were currently at war in dry climates. The crew just made sure to dry off the air pressure sensor before calibrating it. The problem: The maintenance crewfailed to mention this issue so other maintenance crews would know to do the same thing. On February 23rd, 2008, a different maintenance crew left the sensors wet. Those air sensors fed faulty data to the bomber’s flight control system…data that keeps the bomber in the air. The malfunctioning sensors resulted in a premature take-off, a short-lived 30-degree nose towards-the-sky ascent, and then plunged back to the ground and then burst into flames. Thankfully the bomber’s 2 pilots were able to eject before the bomber crashed.
Small things matter!
As a counselor, part of my training was to learn to control my own emotions so as to not upset or influence the client in any negative way. Well, the past few months my emotions have been all over the map – from being too emotional to actually sensing as if I had no emotions at all. The fact that I, as a woman, was feeling no emotions scared me. So I first turned to journaling more, but all I was writing were facts — still no emotions. Next I felt impressed to begin reading the Psalms, and there I found the words that I needed through the psalmists that would unlock my own emotions. I discovered both positive and negative emotions that I did not realize had developed roots in my heart. I had been so focused on the tasks at hand (day to day life issues) that I failed to notice the weeds in the garden.
In other words, it’s the little things in life that rob us of the blessings of the abundant life of Christ. God showed me through it all that He is holding me (Psalm 139:10) even when I don’t feel it; hanging on to anger and unforgiveness is a form of control; and even the small things in my life matter to Him. When we miss the small things in life our foolish oversight may cost us revenue, health, relationships and sometimes our marriage. Let me encourage you to watch over the small things in your marriage, your ministry, your relationships and with your children.