Even to the Minutiae
A hand woven tapestry, rich with intricate details and colors…
- the small, precise, or trivial details of something
- an individual feature, fact, or item
- fine point, triviality, nicety
- point, aspect, facet, component, technicality
I never knew that the details of our fingerprints were called Minutiae. Below are some of the patterns used to analyze them:
Throughout the Bible, God gives rich detail in His imagery and descriptions. I have wondered sometimes why a fact is in the Bible, but I no longer wonder. I read it and find amazement and beauty in the minutiae of God.
God weaves specifics into His story…
He also went down and killed a lion in the middle of a pit on a snowy day. 2 Samuel 23:11
…on a snowy day…did I need to know that? “Yes.”
He took his stick in his hand and chose for himself five smooth stones from the brook, and put them in the shepherd’s bag which he had, even in his pouch, and his sling was in his hand; and he approached the Philistine. 1 Samuel 17:40
Did he need five stones?
So David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and with a stone, and struck the Philistine and killed him. There was no sword in the hand of David.
1 Samuel 17:50
He only needed one stone, but was prepared with five.
The tiniest instructions are important:
‘Now when you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not reap to the very corners of your field, nor shall you gather the gleanings of your harvest. Nor shall you glean your vineyard, nor shall you gather the fallen fruit of your vineyard; you shall leave them for the needy and for the stranger. I am the LORD your God.’ Leviticus 19:9-10
God wants us to be generous and caring. He specifies how He would like this done in our fields and vineyards, with all that we are and have.
The details are amazingly minute, yet, for God, each part is vital to the whole:
In the four hundred and eightieth year after the people of Israel came out of the land of Egypt, in the fourth year of Solomon’s reign over Israel, in the month of Ziv, which is the second month, he began to build the house of the Lord. The house that King Solomon built for the Lord was sixty cubits long, twenty cubits wide, and thirty cubits high. The vestibule in front of the nave of the house was twenty cubits long, equal to the width of the house, and ten cubits deep in front of the house. And he made for the house windows with recessed frames. He also built a structure against the wall of the house, running around the walls of the house, both the nave and the inner sanctuary. And he made side chambers all around. The lowest story was five cubits broad, the middle one was six cubits broad, and the third was seven cubits broad. For around the outside of the house he made offsets on the wall in order that the supporting beams should not be inserted into the walls of the house. When the house was built, it was with stone prepared at the quarry, so that neither hammer nor axe nor any tool of iron was heard in the house while it was being built. 1 Kings 6:1-7
Every last detail. The Bible is filled with instructions to build up, to tear down, a way to walk and to obey, to gather manna and when. God, You are the LORD our God.
May we see that God is in every small and great part of our lives:
Are the comforts of God too small for you,
or the word that deals gently with you? Job 15:11
And a poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which make a penny. Mark 12:42
Jesus knows the poverty from which she gave.
God knows all that is, that was, and that which will be:
The little one shall become a thousand, and the small one a strong nation: I the LORD will hasten it in its time. Isaiah 60:22
Matthew Henry’s Commentary on Isaiah 60:22:
They will appear the more glorious, and God will be the more glorified in them, if we compare what they are with what they were, the happiness they have arrived at with the smallness of their beginnings: “A little one shall become a thousand and a small one a strong nation.’ The captives that returned out of Babylon strangely multiplied, and became a strong nation. The Christian church was a little one, a very small one at first-the number of their names was once but 120; yet it became a thousand. The stone cut out of the mountain without hands swelled so as to fill the earth. The triumphant church, and every glorified saint, will be a thousand out of a little one, a strong nation out of a small one. The grace and peace of the saints were at first like a grain of mustard-seed, but they increase and multiply, and make a little one to become a thousand, the weak to be as David. When they come to heaven, and look back upon the smallness of their beginning, they will wonder how they got thither.
God cares about everything. He created this world. He created the beasts of the fields and the birds of the air. He created you and me. He wants us to trust Him, count on Him, lean on Him for everything.
He cares for us as He cares about what is in His Word. He wants us to read each word, seeking His Truth. The entire Word of God guides us in our way as we walk with the Author. The entire Word of God draws us towards, and to, the Finisher of our faith.
Father God, You are the Shepherd of my life. You love me and care for me as if I were Your only lamb, yet I am one of 7.5 billion people on this Earth today. You love them as You love me. I am so filled with gratitude, Father. I am humbled by the details that are important to You. As tiny as the lines on my fingers are, the minutiae of everything is of concern to You. May I cling to You, learning from You as I go. As I see, read, and hear all that concerns You, may it also concern me. I pray that it does and will. You wove me in Mama’s womb, knitting me together. As a weaver places ones thread down at a time and ends up with a beautiful piece of art, You have interlaced Your life-giving threads to form me. I am extremely complex and barely understand even a tiny bit of what is going on inside of this body, mind, spirit and soul. You do. Every cell is important. Every bit of me. Every bit of everything. Thank You, my Gracious Father. In the minutiae, You are there, LORD. In the Name of Jesus, I pray. Amen.
Reunion at Sunset, Hand Woven Tapestry by Maximo Laura, Alpaca, Peru
(If you have time, visit his site as he is actually weaving a piece more intricately detailed than this one on the front page.)
One Word Inspiration Quotes: Minutiae: https://www.bing.com/images/search?q=One+Word+Inspirational+Quotes&id=78ECCF1184EC1B8A01EE48BE027DF8CA39386E59&FORM=IDBQDM
Dragonfly: Pinterest https://www.pinterest.com/pin/361202832585754948/
snow: Pixabay https://cdn.pixabay.com/photo
stones: K. Gallagher https://graceintorah.net/2015/06/19/five-smooth-stones/
Wheat Field Harvest: http://michellespahr.blogspot.com/2010/11/my-harvest-field.html
Solomon’s Temple: Nehemiah’s Wall https://www.nehemiaswall.com/prophet-pearls-terumah
Mark 12:42-44 http://www.suggest-keywords.com/bWFyayAxMiA0NA/
Horses (Isaiah 60:22) https://faithpictures.wordpress.com/
Isaiah 60:22: Crossmap.com http://www.crossmap.com/backgrounds/isaiah-when-the-time-is-right-3850/lightbox/1920×1200
In The Park – Landscape Tapestry by Baiba Ritere https://www.pinterest.com/pin/358247345332477548/