#2 of 10 Steps to Meeting Your Challenge
Realize, remember, and respect that God is different from us.
Do I truly realize, remember, and respect that God is different from me? In Step 2 of How to Meet Your Challenge, I’d like to share another way that, as I live on the mission field, God is teaching me to trust Him.
A few months ago, the Lord gave me this analogy to help me understand and remember the differences between He and I. You might think I’m crazy… but here goes!
We are like ants, busy with our lives in our colonies, doing what we instinctively do everyday. We can only see what is right around us, which is very little. We can’t see beyond our little world, much less understand it fully.
But God… He is huge. He is everywhere seeing everything that we don’t see, including the dangers from which He guards us. He is the creator of all we see, and all we don’t. It’s HIS universe! Not ours.
“For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist” Colossians 1:16-17
Most of all, His knowledge has no bounds. His being has no limits. His love is beyond anything we could ever understand.
So why do we expect Him to act as we would act in each situation we experience in this life? Why do we put Him in our little finite box? Why do we try to predict what He will do? Even worse…why do we try to TELL Him what to do? (We sometimes call that “prayer”.)
His thoughts are not our thoughts, nor are our ways His ways.
His way is perfect for us. Maybe, just maybe… He has a better way. Am I willing to accept that?
Realizing, remembering, and respecting that God is different from me, higher than me, more loving than me, more intelligent and all-knowing than me… it pretty much puts me in a place of humility before Him. It helps my perspective. It helps me let go, and let God. To have a perfect trust in Him to handle things, oh so much better than I ever could. And to respect His decisions.
It’s a much more peaceful way to live… really. Letting go of what I think, and letting God decide. Then, honoring His decision with the humility, love, and respect that He deserves.
And when His decisions are unpleasant or even painful for me, like my dad passing away way too soon, He is there to hold my hand and walk me through it.
Thank you, Lord, for teaching me that Your way is the best way.