Your ways, Your thoughts
It was quite the beautiful sunny, but breezy and chilly day when one of our grandsons wanted to watch “Bubble Guppies,” a children’s cartoon. When he asked his mom to change the channel, she responded, “we can watch it later because we are watching the Thanksgiving Day parade.” His quick and smart come back was, “Mom, you are in time out!” My daughter-in-love’s instinct was to laugh but she kept her composure and explained to our grandson why he cannot talk to mommy that way. He would have to wait to watch his cartoon.
How many times do we put our Lord in a “time out” because we think we have a better plan or we believe that we can handle things better on our own? Nonetheless, our Lord, being the gentle, kind and loving Father that He is, would never penalize us. Instead, He would perhaps chuckle a bit and remind us of the following words found in Isaiah 55:8-9:
“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways.” It is a declaration of Adonai. 9 “For as the heavens are higher than earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts. And “11 I say this because I know what I am planning for you,” says the Lord. (Tree of Life Version)
and Jeremiah 29:11-13:
“I have good plans for you, not plans to hurt you. I will give you hope and a good future. 12 Then you will call my name. You will come to me and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will search for me. And when you search for me with all your heart, you will find me!” (New Century Version)
These are indeed excellent reminders and precious words to take to heart when wanting and thinking to do things on your own strength!
As Christmas quickly approaches and we become even busier with all the things that need to get done, let us be mindful to never put our Lord in time out because our plans are better or because we do not need anybody else’s help. Let’s keep Him first and foremost in all that we do and say. It’s easy to lose sight of Him this season and focus on ourselves. Take to heart the following words:
“Immanuel, I’m so humbled by Your display of love! To think that You would willingly give up the glories of heaven to come to this lowly earth, to live with messy people, to die for ungrateful humanity, to secure for us an eternity with You. Forgive me for being so caught up in my own little life that I lose sight of that amazing love. Help me never to get over the amazement of what You did for me.” Asheritah Cicciu, Unwrapping the Names of Jesus
Blessings, Merry Christmas, and Feliz Navidad to you during this time of celebrating the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. May you and I make every effort to be joy, peace, a gentle balm and love to those in need and around us!
By: Major Marie Larrinaga