Who is still with us? How has the Lord met you this past week? Any fresh insights or perhaps dusted off old truths? I love that about scripture. You read a passage in January and give it a token head nod. You read it again in April and it leaps off the page and speaks into your life. What’s the difference? You are! That is why we can conclude that the Bible is the Living word of God.
As for me, I am staying the course, but if I’m honest, my circle seems un-impacted. But amazingly and thankfully my disappointment is in check which I can only attribute to the Holy Spirit. I invited Ian to come home for Easter and he has zero interest. Not even if I bribe him with laundry service or free food. Ian is distancing himself from God even more than he is distancing himself from us. Still, I am trusting God who loves Ian more than I do.
I continue to have sporadic fits with the technology. If you missed any this past week, they follow.
Stay the Course! Debbie Hucke
Isaiah 55:8,9 (NIV)
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,”declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.“
As some of you know, I am a recovering control freak. I’m willing to bet you are too. Even low key, chill, go with the flow people want a little influence. To some degree we all want what we want when we want it.
Consider this… In the beginning, God gifted us with the ability to make choices. We first read about this in Genesis, in the garden. It’s called Free-Will. But in that same garden we inherited an innate desire for control from a different source, Adam and Eve. It’s called Sin.
For me, and I bet for you too, my strong desire to understand and control my circumstances becomes most evident when I am overwhelmed with life. I plead, God where are you? Why is this happening? How can I get out of this mess? And God’s response… silence.
I wonder if maybe I am asking the wrong questions. Of course I only know to judge the situation from my human perspective. And that is just the point. It’s not my job to figure out the why and the how and the when of what God is up to. My job is to trust my wise, loving, all powerful, all knowing, ever present, faithful heavenly Father.
Here’s the thing… when you’re upside down with excruciating circumstances you don’t have the energy to both trust God and figure out God. It won’t work! Thankfully, it can’t work. If God were small enough to figure Him out, He wouldn’t be big enough to handle your challenges. If you could figure out God, you wouldn’t need God.
In the end, as Isaiah points out in Chapter 55:8,9, we must respect the fact that God is God and we are not. Only then will we experience REAL freedom. Only then can we rest knowing WE ARE NOT IN CONTROL. He is. Thank God for that!
Dear Father, I praise you for your sovereignty. I sometimes think if I just understood your ways, then, it would be easy to trust you. Thank you for your patience with my foolish thinking. Thank you for loving me too much to allow me to mess up your perfect plan. Please help me to rest in your sovereign arms. I love you. I trust you. Amen