Posted by: trbccoffeebreak | August 5, 2020

God’s Mystery

“I don’t think the way you think.  The way you work isn’t the way I work”. Isaiah 55:8 (MSG)

I have a confession to make.  Lately, my husband and I have been watching Hallmark movies.  Watch enough movies and you know how the plot will begin, turn and land.  Attractive, talented, everything you wish you were girl meets whatever you need me to be guy.  In two hours, well actually usually within the final fifteen minutes of the film, their lives are perfectly re-configured for an eternity of togetherness and bliss and positioned for a follow up story next season.  No mystery, no surprises with an ending exactly as expected.

If only life were this way! And we try!  We specify, itemize and organize.  Craft timelines, goals and milestones.  Leave out no detail lest the outcome be altered.  Compare our path with others and adjust to come out ahead.  Control is our driver as we blindly make plans with no promise and serve a god void of vision.   We would be well advised to heed the words spoken through the prophet Isaiah that God’s thoughts are not our thoughts and our ways not His.  Does this mean that all of my preparation is in vain?  No, a devotion to God’s purpose is a critical first step.  As a plan unfolds, the basic framework needs to be established.  However, in our zeal to accomplish and our haste to attain, we often fail to leave room for God.

Do we allow God to go before and prepare the paths we will take? Surrendered, we trust He is good and that He delights to give good things to His children.  Are we willing to be uncomfortable and wait until He gives direction and purpose?  In obedience, we study His Word, commune with Him and follow His decrees. He will not fail or forsake and carries us even into the most difficult places of life.  With preconceived ideas as to how things are to play out, we will miss out on God’s response and solution if we’re not open to seeing Him work in unexpected and unique ways.  Many times, I’ve delayed or circumvented my healing because God was doing a work in a way that I wasn’t receptive to receive.

Will we deny self, pick up our cross He created us for and daily follow our path’s light, as dim as it may seem?

“Father, we are a people in need of You for we so easily go astray.  Today, moment by moment, may You guide our steps, may we listen for Your voice and choose obedience over want.”


For His Glory

Kathryn Hayman
TRBC Women’s Life


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