Pay Attention to the Little Things

Susan Hetrick

Read: Luke 8:40-56

Jesus said, “Someone touched me, for I perceive that power has gone out from me.” (v. 46)

Jesus had a habit of paying attention to the little things. He knew that the little things are the big things. Even though he was walking through a crowd he felt a tiny, hesitant tug on his cloak. Most people would have thought nothing of it.

Jesus, however, stopped and asked who touched him. Not only did Jesus feel her touch, but he saw a woman whom no one else would have seen. She had been ceremonially unclean for 12 years due to her medical condition. Being unclean, she would not have been allowed in the temple. No one would have touched her, or she would have made them unclean, too. She would not have been seen in public for 12 years . . . until she touched Jesus’ cloak.

That little touch transformed her life. She was healed, and would be welcomed back into her community after 12 long years of solitude. This was no little thing!

How often do we rush through our days, striving to accomplish the “big” things? Do we ignore or miss the little things? Jesus knew that true transformation happened within the small things; the interruptions in life, not necessarily in the “important” things we spend hours trying to accomplish. What little things—the little interruptions—can you pay attention to in your life and through them allow God to transform you?  —Susan Hetrick

Prayer: Lord, help me pay attention to the little things, for I know that they really are the big things.