Isaiah 55:9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts.
Being the work in progress that I am, it goes without saying (…has that ever stopped me?), but I don’t know a miniscule fraction of what this verse means.
Lately, we’ve been doing a lot of self-examination. I’ve learned two things: (1) I’ve carried out schemes I thought would accomplish a desired result; and (2) these schemes created their own set of problems. Meh.
Doing things our own way is about as effective as holding out a hand to stop a railroad train. With 20/20 vision (hindsight), it’s clearer than ever how different my ways are from God’s.
After the sun, the next-closest star is 4.2 light years away. We’re in two different ballparks; we can’t even play together. [Side Bar: What Compassion! That God came that far!] It’s like comparing a giant oak tree with an old tomato: one is stately and lifted up; the other, mushy and rotting.
We want everything quickly—but clapboard houses often get condemned. Conversely, God develops a tiny acorn, layer upon layer, until it’s a mighty oak. People love accolades and fanfare (and don’t deserve it), but God, who does deserve praise, works behind the scenes. We want results now, often taking matters into our own hands; but God’s way is to whittle—year by year, trial by trial.
At my age, it’s tempting to lament how thick I’ve been—and how much farther along I could have been by now. But I am reminded about God’s ways. The Bible is replete with examples of called-out ones who first spent a long time in the desert.
30 years ago, I was just an acorn. When an oak is 30 years old, it has only reached half its height. But its roots are long, it’s building layers, and it’s branching out nicely.
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So take my sage advice: plant yourself deeply, get lots of food, and be watered often. Grow, little acorn! Grow!