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“’For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,’ declares the LORD.” (Isaiah 55:8)
Oh, how I can cling to that verse, don’t you? But why is it so often that God’s ways are not the way we think things should be? Our vision of the outcome of our fruitful efforts is often so different than what actually happens. It’s hard not to hang our head in disappointment and ask, “Why?”
Two examples of this happened to me just this week. I had spent six months setting up a women’s conference with an awesome speaker. We’d sent out announcements, flyers. Only a very small number of responses came in and even fewer of the women in my church stepped forward to help with the event – and we were hosting it!
I volunteered to be on the phone lines for the local Christian radio’s fundraiser. This station touches lives and have led many to Christ. Clearly they are doing God’s work on earth. Yet, they came nowhere near to the levels of donations needed to reach their operating costs—again.
We can only see the right now. Our eternal Father sees all of today and tomorrow, what is and what is to come. When we were little and on a road trip in the family station wagon, we trusted that our Dad knew where we were going and how to get us there. It did little good to whine when we saw a billboard for something and wanted to stop to see it. Dad knew the schedule, and how much gas it would take to get us where we needed to go. He had the budget firm in his mind and had plotted the journey, including little stops along the way that he knew we’d like to see.
As God’s children, we must trust that our Heavenly Father has a plan, even if we do not understand it. He knows the best way and how to get us where we need to go. It may not be our idea of the way things should turn out, but that’s okay. His way will prove to be the best time and again.
Heavenly Father God, we do not always understand Your purpose in our lives. We at times seem so sure to the outcome of our efforts for your glory, only to be disappointed because they do not turn out the way we’d hoped. Renew in our heart the hope that trusting in you as your children can bring. Instill in us the knowledge that You do have a plan and Your way is always the best. We pray this through your Son. Amen.
Question – What is your reaction when things do not turn out the way you wanted them to, even if it has been for God’s work?