Nothing Like Your Thoughts

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How big are your problems?

How big are mine?

I have had some really serious difficulties in my life.

It’s safe to assume that you have, too.

Things can happen that cause such pain and heartache.

Lesser problems may threaten to steal our joy, tempting us to trade worry for trust.

Recently, I drove past a lake and saw several sailboats on the water.

Stopping to photograph them, I captured a number of shots on that sunny day.

Looking at some of the photos tonight, I noticed something about one that I hadn’t before.

It appeared as though a giant bird had flown between two sailboats.

Of course, I had been far off on the boardwalk with my camera, so it only looks like a giant bird.

In reality, the wing span may have been two to three feet across.

I can assure you that I did not photograph a bird whose wings were equal in length to that of two sail boats—even though that’s what it looks like to me.

And there, in those last six words, is something to be considered.

When we experience problems, we know only what it looks like to us.

We can’t know what it looks like to God.

What our problems really are–every aspect of them–are fully known to Him.

God’s words to us as recorded in Isaiah 55:8-9 are these:

“My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord.
    “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine.
 For just as the heavens are higher than the earth,
    so my ways are higher than your ways
    and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.

We may see our problems as big as a giant bird the size of two boats, but God knows its true proportions.

In reality, whatever the size, God is able to handle it.

He is in control.

How big are our problems?

Smaller—-so much smaller—-than our God.

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