In the cold months here in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, the city buses are PACKED. I’m talking sardine style. Shoulder to shoulder, back to back, side to side, no room for breathing. It’s TERRIFYING. I suffer from Generalized Anxiety Disorder, so I decided at the start of the school year that I would start taxiing to and from school every day. It costs about 10x as much to take a taxi (25 cents USD for a bus one way or 2.50$ USD for a taxi one way), but if I can buy my mental health for 5$ USD, then so be it! Every morning I walk to the same corner and flag down a taxi to my school. One Friday morning, a familiar face popped out of a window and started waving like crazy – it was a girl and mom that I know well from church! The following Sunday, I see the same two girls at church and the mother (Nomin) says to me “I see you every morning at that corner. Do you always taxi to school?” We talked a little more, and I found out that she drives by me every morning to take her daughter to school. Their house also happens to be very close to my school. Nomin tells me “I usually take taxi fares on my way home anyway. What if I picked you up every morning on my way home?”
God cares about the little things. Little things like having a friendly face to ride to school and talk with and a safe place to not worry about getting pick-pocketed. Little things like having a safe driver who stops at all the red lights and a fair driver who doesn’t over charge foreigners.
This benefits not only me, but also Nomin’s family too. She now has a guaranteed taxi fare every morning, totaling 25,000 Tugriks (about 12$ USD) at the end of the week. It’s not a large amount of money, but it’s a nice buffer. I’ve spent a fair amount of time with her kids at church, and some with her husband too (he is one of our Wesleyan pastors), and I am so thankful to be able to spend more time with her now too.
I’m reminded again and again and again that God cares deeply about little things. What are the little things in your day? Whatever they may be, I promise you God has seen them. He cares so deeply for the little things, the big things, and all the things in between.