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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Stride Freely

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Sailboats fascinate me.

Something about them catches my interest every single time I see one out on the water.

This time, it was a rather large boat on the ocean.

Drifting along with sails spread out, the wind above the sea carrying them along on a bright and sunny day.

I took several photographs of the boat, capturing its journey in still snippets of time.

Describing the scene would be easy.

Free.

Unhurried.

Sure.

The definition itself draws me in.

Psalm 119:43-48 from The Message reads,

Don’t ever deprive me of truth, not ever – your commandments are what I depend on.  Oh, I’ll guard with my life what you’ve revealed to me, guard it now, guard it ever;  And I’ll stride freely through wide open spaces as I look for your truth and your wisdom;  Then I’ll tell the world what I find, speak out boldly in public, unembarrassed.  I cherish your commandments – oh, how I love them! –  relishing every fragment of your counsel.

What if I didn’t have God’s truth deep within my heart?

What if I didn’t know how He wanted me to act?

What if He had never revealed anything to me?

I would be lost and desperate.

Bound by confusion.

Uncertain.

Thankfully, I am not without God’s truth and direction.

I can “stride freely through wide open spaces” as I grow closer to Him, like a sailing vessel out on the open seas.

As I find more truth and more wisdom on my journey, I am changed—day by day—into the person God wants me to be.

Free.

Unhurried.

Sure…..

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