Posted by: karenparmer | September 12, 2009

His ways are not like my ways

“My thoughts are not like your thoughts.  Your ways are not like my ways.  Just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts are higher than your thoughts.”  Isa. 55:8-9

I think about how much wiser an adult is than an infant.  Then I think about how much wiser God is than an adult, me, for instance.  I ask for so many things out of my desire to control my environment.  Heaven forbid, that I should NOT be in control.  The reality is, I am NOT in control, never have been, and all praise to God, that I never will be.  That alone, relieves so much stress.  I do not have to do it all.  I can only do so much.  God is ultimately in control of everything and its so freeing to come to that realization.  There’s freedom in giving it all to God and letting Him be God….and well I will just be me.  Scarred, sinful, insecure, self-seeking…..I am NOT going to tell you  all my faults!!!

Below is a paraphrase of some words I recently read in one of my favorite author’s books.  Max Lucado in The Great House of God speaks of how God views the world because he’s a gazillion times more knowing than I am…..


I think “Heal this person.”  God thinks, “Save her soul.”

I think “I am going to live before I die!”  God thinks, “Die, so that you can live.”

I think, “I love this “stuff” that will rust and decay and moths will eat up.  God thinks, “I love the things that endure.”

I see people I admire and think “I want to be like her.”  God thinks, “Be like Christ.”

I rejoice at my successes.  God rejoices at my confessions.

I think pay raises are good.  (retired people DO NOT get those!!!)  God thinks raising the dead is good.

I want to avoid pain and suffering at all cost.  God wants to use pain and suffering to bring me closer to Him.

God lives in a different world than I do but oh the comfort to know that He is always with me and He will protect me and keep my safe.  (Not always in the ways I view “safety and protection” here on earth) 

 “The foolishness of God is higher than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.”  (1 Cor: 1:25)

So with these thoughts hopefully etched in my heart today, I am off to begin my Saturday chores.  My heart just hurts today because of the memory of 9/11.  I cannot seem to stretch beyond it but I have to cling to the promise that God sees things in such a different light than I do. He views time and space and events so much differently yet He is in all the details!  What a relief that the creator, master of the universe doesn’t have the tunnel vision that I do…..

Can I get an amen?




  1. Amen! Sure have missed your posts!

  2. I don’t know If I said it already but …Hey good stuff…keep up the good work! 🙂 I read a lot of blogs on a daily basis and for the most part, people lack substance but, I just wanted to make a quick comment to say I’m glad I found your blog. Thanks,)

    A definite great read..Jim Bean

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