I Did Not Understand

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts,neither are your ways my ways,”declares the Lord.

“As the heavens are higher than the earth,so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.

Isaiah 55:8-9

My foster son was five months old, barely holding down formula at each feeding, extremely colicky and spending approximately two hours per week with his biological mother when I received the call that they were preparing the papers for his reunification. My mind went blank as my mouth went slack and I could barely process what I had heard. They were sending this precious baby back into the arms of a woman he barely knew and that showed minimal interest in mothering. My heart broke and I did not understand.

I did not understand.

It was this moment of my foster parenting journey that I truly recognized the necessity of clinging to the knowledge that God has a master plan. In Isaiah, we are reminded that His thoughts are not our thoughts and His ways are not our ways. Just as we think differently from our spouses or our friends and most certainly act differently than them, can we not embrace that the Almighty Father would think and act differently than us? Of course He would!

It continues to describe the Lord’s thoughts and ways by comparing them to the heavens and the earth. As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts. God is higher. He knows more, sees more and understands more. It is not our job to know, see or understand it all; it is our job to lean on the truth that God knows and his thoughts and ways are higher. Even when we don’t understand them, they are higher.

Just as I did not understand the decisions being made in my foster son’s case, you may not understand a current situation in your life. Rest assured, you don’t have to understand! You don’t have to know it all. God already does.

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