“As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts” Isaiah 55:9
So that explains a lot. It is as simple as it is difficult to grasp. Sometimes His ways and His thoughts seem so high that they are beyond my reach because in and of myself I am too small to comprehend it. My rational mind cannot make sense of it. My wildest imagination cannot spin it into my view of ‘happily ever after’. It is a faith walk, a trust that can only be leaned into and stood firmly on. It is unfamiliar to my human nature. It is the essence of how He works and the antithesis of how I would.
It is the reality that I ponder when I hear a mother sob “why would my child do this when he was so loved and raised so different?” I have no answer because had I been overseeing the parental prayers, I would have waved a magic wand and the child would be sorrowful and repentant and immediately acknowledged the pain he had caused and would change his ways.
It is the reality I ponder when I hear that the couple who lost their first child moments after her birth, lost another through an ectopic pregnancy and finally after fund raisers, baby showers and a heart full of hopes and dreams of adoption, learns the birth mother has changed her mind at the last minute. In my way of thinking I would not let this young couple take three huge hits in a row, only to once again come home with empty arms and broken hearts.
It is the reality I ponder when I hear that children and their parents are being beheaded and tortured just because they don’t believe a certain way. His ways and mine are not the same here because the bad guys would be fried on the spot and the other’s immediately set free without a hair on their head harmed. I would interfere and intervene all over the place. Mainly because I am not God, I am me and I would do it different.
I am not patient like He is. I am not long suffering like He is. I am not all loving like He is. I am not full of hope and cannot see the future like He does. I am limited in knowledge and His knowledge is infinite. I am the created and He is the creator. While I might see only three things, He sees 10,000. He is limitless and nothing is impossible with Him. He is the God who can make “all” things work together for the good for those who love Him and are called according to His purpose. I can’t do that or even comprehend how He does that.
He sees these same situations that I see and yet does not fret or wring His hands. He has it figured out and is armed with a plan. He knows what He is doing and is not taken by surprise. Even in that, He still stops to comfort, to carry and to grieve in our pain and humanity because He knows us and how deeply we struggle. His all powerfulness does not negate His compassion and ability to stop and weep with us, for He is the God who wept over the death of Lazarus all the while knowing that He would soon raise him from the dead
He is the one that says; “But those who hope in the Lord shall renew their strength, they will soar on wings like eagles, they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” Isaiah 40:31.
His ways and thoughts may be higher than mine, yet He says if our hope is in Him we will soar on wings like eagles. Last time I checked, eagles soar to great heights. If we hang on tight enough, we can meet Him there.