Thursday, June 22, 2017

Isaiah 55:8-9 -- On Higher Perspective and Seeing the Amazing

"For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith 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

This is always a good reminder... not in a "I'm better than you are" way, though God obviously is.  He's a parent, and we are the children.  We have the potential to be like him, but the important reminder is that we aren't there yet, and we really need his help to figure things out, and become the people that we want to be, not forgetting of course that, with his help, we can be anything.

We limit ourselves so much when we think of the possibilities of life.  Not just through cynicism or focusing on negative things, but also in our imagination of what is possible and what God can do--and what we can do with his help.  We read about miracles in the scriptures, but how many of us really believe that miracles can and will happen to *us*?  Can we imagine opening our doors and finding a Liahona?  Do we believe that the same God who helped the prophets is standing close, ready to help us as well?  Significantly, do we teach our own doubt to others?  I think we all do, sometimes.  And that's scary, isn't it?  Our society doesn't need more cynicism.  It needs more hope.

God's ways and thoughts aren't just higher because he's smarter and stronger in a way-better-than-superhero sort of a way, but also, God can see the light in everything... the goodness, the truth, the potential... the beauty.  He sees the amazing in everything, including us.  And because of that, he can teach us to see it too, in ourselves and in others.  He can teach us to walk on water, figuratively and also literally, right?  Peter started to learn that.  Maybe we need to get through Faith 101 first, but I am certain that if we keep at it, we'll get to take that class too. :)

Today, let's try to emulate God in our thoughts.  Let's hope.  Let's see the amazing.  Let's *be* amazing. :)  And when we're tempted to doubt and despair, let's look to God and ask him to remind us of the good.  He will.  Let's have faith and trust in God's higher perspective.

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