God Can – But Does He Care?

By on May 26, 2013

By Janelle Alberts –

I heard a mother speaking with her son about a recess fight with his little friend. The mom said all the usual encouraging things, and then added, “And son, maybe you could talk to God about this.”

The little boy looked at his mom with a question.

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“Would God care?”

He was ready to get personal about this God that his mom had been making him put on church clothes to go sing about every Sunday.

The mom believed that her God cared about this recess situation. Pretty much. But the real question she couldn’t answer was this: “If God cares, then what will He do?”

It’s the theme of the whole Bible. Introductions go a little like this:

God: “Hi! I’m God. You are people. I love you.”

People: “Prove it. Then I’ll believe. Pretty much.”

And so the stories are told from the Israelites who, after crossing over the dry land of the parted Red Sea looked around only to ask, “Now what’ll we possibly do about dinner?”

And on to the disciples who, after Jesus walked on water and de-demonized a little girl, stood scratching their heads wondering where to get bread in such a remote place.

When we are right smack in the middle of a crucial moment, we are confused. Get it through your head. It’s not about the bread.

Or it’s not just about bread. Certainly there are bread-multiplying, cancer-curing, miraculous moments. But they come and go.

The emotion we feel in their absence reveals what we believe about this God. It reveals whether we really believe Him at all.

Here’s an emotion: confidence.

When three young Israelites named Shadrach, Meshach and Abendego were facing down a deadly furnace heated seven times hotter than usual, they didn’t know what their God would do, but they told King Nebuchadnezzar that they pick Him anyway. They said our God can save us, but even if He doesn’t, He’s still our God.

They were not sure what God would do, but they were sure how God felt.

He cares. He can, but even if He doesn’t, He still cares. He is still the One.

It’s possible He has a plan. It’s possible I am playing part in something that is bigger than me. Even today. Even at recess. It’s possible.

Is it possible? Pretty much.


Janelle Alberts is a humorous freelance writer who integrates Bible stories into the minutiae of our personal, daily lives. Her website: www.janellealberts.com

About Janelle Alberts

Janelle Alberts spent her early career managing crisis communication needs for Microsoft, UPS and Wells Fargo. Alberts joined the Akron Beacon Journal online religion page in the summer of 2010. Alberts sets out in The Bible Book Club to observe the messaging strategy of one historical icon who is consistently quoted but inconsistently represented – God and His world’s best-selling book, the Bible. You can find Janelle at http://ohio.webfactional.com/faith_folly/.

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God Can – But Does He Care?