I think one of the lessons that God is trying to teach me lately is that my plans are not always his plans. Last week I had a full week scheduled out complete with lunch appointments, outreach opportunities and counseling appointments. On Sunday night I was ready to go and launch out into my week, but on Monday my week came crashing down around me in a pile of burning rubbish when my wife developed a horrible tooth ache that needed immediate attention. All of a sudden my beautifully laid out plans were thrown out the windows in a panicked search for an available dentist, because as all men know if momma goes down we’re all going down.
As I arranged for babysitters, called insurance companies and waited in the waiting room I began to reflect on Isaiah 55:8-9, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither 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.” I’ve usually thought about this passage in relation to salvation, suffering and other big theological categories but as I waited for Amy’s root canal to be finished it dawned on me that Isaiah 55:8-9 applies to everyday life as well. I may have my plans, my thoughts or my way of doing things but God’s ways are much higher than my way and He has the prerogative to interrupt me whenever he wants. Shalom comes when I simply recognize this truth and embrace His divine interruptions.Share on Facebook
November 14 2011 05:00 am | Devotional