The TV commercial showed a 40-something woman going to her doctor. The woman smiled at the camera and tossed her hair glamorously out of her face. The camera zoomed in on her eyes. Once she was in the doctor’s office, viewers discovered she was there to get a prescription for a drug that was supposed to help thicken her receding eyelashes.
I was shocked. The woman wasn’t at the doctor looking for a cure for an illness. She wasn’t going in for a regular checkup. She went to the doctor because she was greatly concerned about her looks.
Although I do not condone taking a medication with side effects simply to get a few more eyelashes, the commercial did get my attention. Most people I know would never even think of going to a doctor except for serious health matters. They often think the little ailments and struggles they have can’t be helped by a doctor and that the doctor wouldn’t care or have their best interests in mind when treating them.
When do we as believers in Jesus Christ go to Him for a visit? Usually we go to Him when we’re really sick or down and out -- not when we feel fine. But He should be our first appointment for discussing the small stuff also. The little things that irk us or make us struggle should be brought to Him.
We should bring the Lord our concerns, worries and anxieties, not only when all else fails, but also when all else is fine. He is not only interested in helping us when we feel we need it, but also when we feel we don’t need help because that’s when we can more easily get into trouble. In 1 Peter 5:6-7 the writer says, “Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.”
Even the things that don’t really seem to matter in an eternal sense can be taken to the Lord because He cares deeply for us and knows our struggles -- even if our anxiety is only caused by thinning eyelashes.