“The Lord says, ‘My thoughts are not like your thoughts, Your ways are not like my ways. Just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.’” Isaiah 55:8-9
“The ways of God are without fault. The Lord’s words are pure. He is a shield to those who trust in Him.” Psalms 18:30
Every single day it seems something new presents itself in my life; sometimes, before I have even conquered one struggle, another one stares me in the face with its pointed teeth and slitted eyes. In fact, with each blessing seems to come a new dilemma, sometimes multiplied by two!
So I go to God, and beg, “Lord, I just can’t take anymore. I am one person! You’ve got to carry some of this load or I will surely collapse!”
I don’t hear back from Him, of course, until I’m lying down to sleep. I close my eyes when I hear, “Lyn?”
My eyes quickly open, darting back and forth around the room, “Yes, Lord?”
He clears His throat. “I have already helped you carry your load.”
Silent for a moment, then I reply, “You have? How come I’m not feeling it then?”
With a tone of correction, but love at the same time, He is quick to answer me. “Because you are too busy trying to carry it all by yourself! You always ask me to help you; though instead, you’re scurrying about frantically trying to take care of it all on your own, and then you’re worrying about it incessantly.”
Another long pause.
“Lord, could you please clarify what you’re saying here? With all due respect; this is pretty important to me, and I want to be sure and get it right.” I wait.
“Lyn, without faith it is impossible to please me. For I have not given you a spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind! You see, I’ve already given you these things; so how can I give you what you already have? If a man is holding an apple visibly in each hand, does he say that he has no apples? Just the same, you are asking for what you are already possessing. So why are you worrying? Worry only adds weight to the load, and a sound mind trusting in me removes the burden of the load. A sound mind trusting in me even a little removes some of the load. Do you see now?”
I smile, “Okay Lord. Once again, as usual, you win!”
He smiles back, with a slight chuckle in his voice. “Oh daughter, it is not about winning and losing; it’s about trusting. I know you will have to ponder that for a while before you grasp it.”
You see, we don’t always understand why because we can’t see tomorrow; but God can! So no matter what you are facing today, what you’ll face in the future, or what you have faced in the past…you must trust His intentions and allow Him to move. Remember, God doesn’t force himself on you; only you can restrict the flow or free the flow of the Holy Spirit within your life.
Let the past go; it’s done. Don’t look at the here and now, and don’t focus on the future, because your mind will inevitably begin trying to second guess, solve, and imagine. Don’t look to the left, only look to the right! Just keep your eyes on Jesus, God’s right hand man, and steer clear of the left!
For it is written:
King James Version (KJV)
121 I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.
2 My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth.
3 He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber.
4 Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.
5 The Lord is thy keeper: the Lord is thy shade upon thy right hand.
6 The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night.
7 The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul.
8 The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore.
NOTE: The Bible contains about 25 unfavorable references to the left hand. In the best known example, in the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus says: “When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: and before him shall be gathered all nations: And he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left. Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, ‘Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.’ … Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, ‘Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels.’” (Matthew 25:31-34, 41)