The Mighty One, God, the Lord, speaks and summons the earth. (Ps. 50:1)

WHEN MY SON WAS six years old, he asked if I would buy him a BMX bike that a neighbor was selling. I was sorry to tell him that we didn’t have the money for that. His reply, “Well, just get some money from the machine.” He had no idea that the cash I withdrew from an ATM came from our own account. It must have seemed limitless to him. Forget thinking money grew on trees; he thought it came out of walls.

I don’t blame my son for not understanding the complexity of a household budget. He had no reason to know it. He was young enough to simply depend on his parents to provide for him. In the same way, God doesn’t expect us to understand the complexity of running the universe. It’s enough for us to know that He speaks “and summons the earth from the rising of the sun to where it sets” (Ps. 50:1). Our job is simply to depend on Him.

We’re probably old enough to understand, however, that we shouldn’t take our Father for granted. I don’t know how He does it, but I do know He is actively involved in caring for His creation. Just as I had to work to make money available in that ATM, so God is constantly behind the scenes doing things we have no knowledge of.

Thank God for His works that you don’t know about.

Heather Gemmen Wilson is the author of the Global Warning Series (Wesleyan Publishing House), a fiction series for preteens. She is married to a Wesleyan pastor and together they have six children.