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The big and small of it

Michael McCoy

Prayer is a conversation with a very, very close friend, the Lord, who is interested in topics from the mundane to the vital. But it’s more than that, it’s about living every aspect of life with God and talking every facet over with him. Nothing is too small or apparently too insignificant. Someone who is keenly aware of the consequences of this lifestyle is Michael McCoy.
Michael grew up in a Salvationist family, but on moving to the country found himself deeply involved in a local Church of Christ community. He has known from a young child that his relationship with God is in his own hands, and that he can’t depend on the church to provide that. He’s immoderately obsessed with his identity in God, and intent on exploring every bit of territory bought, so expensively on his behalf, on the cross!

The big and the small of it

by Michael McCoy

God doesn’t seem to have any concerns about deviating from how we see his role, or how we’d do ‘Godding’ if we could!

While this is a truth that is reinforced almost daily for me, there are three incidents in the last couple of years that are particularly relevant—and largely because of their apparent (and possibly deceptive) insignificance.

They fall into the same category, as I had the identical sense that God was up to something, and that what I asked for was preceded by a conviction of his intervention, to the point that I wasn’t sure if I was asking, or if He was telling me that the job was done before I’d asked.

The first happened a couple of years ago. In quite bizarre circumstances more than ten years earlier I’d misplaced a particularly special copy of a book in which the front page was covered in personal messages and signatures of people important to me. While I was worshipping one morning, this book came to mind, along with the thought that it was probably sitting in someone’s bookshelf, somewhere, for whom it had little value. In that moment, I knew that I could ask for it back. The prayer was simply ‘God, I’d really like that book back!’ I was aware of a YouTube video called ‘I want my knife back’, and had a quick review of it to back up my request. But I somehow knew that I wasn’t really asking, as much as acknowledging aloud, in request form, his intention to return the book. Within a few days I went overseas, and didn’t give much thought to the request, but on my return found an email in my inbox from someone in Tasmania basically saying ‘You don’t know me, but I’ve just discovered a book in my bookcase full of messages to you. It’s clearly worth much more to you than to me, so if you’ll send me an address, I’ll post it back to you.’  Read More