“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways, declares the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.”
A few weeks ago my family and I enjoyed a wonderful evening at one of our favorite places – Minnehaha Falls. Our 3 boys love to hike, or maybe I should say run, along the river until we come to a large limestone cut-out that over time has begun to look more like a cave than a niche. The boys love to take rocks or sticks and chisel away at the limestone – making “gold-dust” in the process.
On our latest trip, letting the boys play in the cave longer than we anticipated, we decided to grab a bite to eat on the way home as we knew we would be rolling into our garage well past the boys’ bedtime. To our delight we found a local pizza-joint just blocks from the park entrance and it was casual enough to take us in – hiking boots, muddy pants, and all. To make the stop even better, the restaurant had a free foosball table right next to our booth; clearly this was a Godsend when trying to entertain three hungry boys in a restaurant. After our older boys took their turns, it was down to my two-year old, Jude and I to play a game before the pizza arrived. It wasn’t until well into our match that I realized why Jude was having such a difficult time. No, it wasn’t just his two-year old motor skills – which are surprisingly deft – the problem was that he was too short to see where the ball was! Seeing his dilemma, I began to tell him where the ball was and what handle to grab so he could make his next move. With a little help from my vantage point, he could hit the ball with incredible skill.
As my foosball game with Jude unfolded I was reminded of how similar our game was to our daily walk and our relationship with God. From our viewpoint, we can’t see the whole picture. We do our best to make wise decisions, but in reality, we have no idea where the ball is even at. God on the other hand has an entirely different vantage point; He can see it all. He understands the big picture and knows exactly what our next move should be.
Just like Jude, being willing to take my direction, we should seek God – the One Who can see it all – and be open to His leading.
Isaiah 55:8-9 says, “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways, declares the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts.”
Seek God today. Ask Him for His perspective on your situation as His thoughts and ways are so much higher than our own – as His vantage point can see the big picture that we cannot.
How might gaining God’s perspective change your attitude or actions today?