“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,” declares the LORD. “For 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, NASB.
“A few years ago, Ella got a Wii video game system and a special add-on called “Wii Fit”. It’s this cool video gaming thingy where you stand on this “step” and do various exercises and the computer system follows your moves and shows them as an animated “you” on the screen. Hard to explain if you’ve never seen it, but trust me, it’s so cool!
One of the exercises you can do is a simulated ski jump, which is supposed to train your body in balance and coordination. You start in this crouched position and when the “gate” opens on the screen, you have to try and get your speed up so you can make a big jump. They are visual cues on the screen that help you figure out how to get to your ultimate speed. In the upper corner, there is a red dot and a blue dot. In order to make a great jump, you need to use your balance and align your blue dot up to the control red dot. If you can do that, you reach maximum speed, catch big air, and soar over the ski jump! When you “land”, it spells out “VICTORY!” on the screen – and sisters, if feels great! On the screen, you’re standing at the bottom of the jump, pumping your fist in the air! But, if you don’t align your blue dot with the red one, you tumble in somersaults down the ski jump hill in a crumpled mess and score no points; total bummer! “Wah, wah waaaaaah!” booms over the audio.
Here’s what I’m trying to say, girlie cues: you are the blue dot; God is the red dot. The Bible and prayer are how we learn to align our blue dot to God’s red dot to live the life we are supposed to be living and thinking.” Wendie Connors, The K.I.S.S.: Jumping into the Bible with Both Feet, copyright 2012.
We seriously cannot fathom how amazing God is and the plans He has for us (we remember this from Jeremiah 29:11 and many other places in scripture)! But in those moments of struggle, darkness, uncertainty, or just plain anxiety and confusion, we have His assurance that HIS WAYS and HIS THOUGHTS are so much grander and more wonderful than ours could ever be. And it’s this assurance that reminds us to turn to Him, rely on Him, and allow our faith to be the anchor of hope to our very souls that, indeed, He will create a Romans 8:28 out of whatever situation we find ourselves in:
“We know that God is always at work for the good of everyone who loves him. They are the ones God has chosen for his purpose.” Romans 8:28, CEV
Align your thoughts to His: Seek Him. Find Him. Pray. Hear. Believe.
When our blue dot strays away from His red dot, our thoughts “jump” from belief and faith, to a crumpled mess of control and distrust. I want to behave like someone who not only believes IN Him, but honestly BELIEVES Him. Do you see the difference?
What about you? Are you willing to take the Victory Jump?! I hope so!
Up Later this Week: Let’s Take a Walk!