Beyond Superficial Change—Day 3

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Beyond Superficial Change—Day 3
Isaiah 55: 7-9

“Let the wicked forsake his way and the unrighteous man his thoughts; and let him return to the Lord, and He will have compassion on him, and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon. 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.”

This week, during our family time together we went to Crackle Barrel for brunch. Everyone was placing their orders, and when the waitress came to my six-year-old, he said, “I just want some pancakes, please.”

My wife spoke up and said, “No, Nigel, I am selecting something else for you.” Nigel was disappointed and said again, “No, mommy, I want pancakes.” My wife was determined to pick something she knew Nigel would enjoy and be satisfied with.

Because Nigel is becoming more assertive and wants to make choices, I intervened and said, “Let him pick what he wants.”

So, everyone’s food came out. J.J.’s juicy bacon cheeseburger. William’s pancakes with apples and caramel topping.  Gabby’s pancakes covered with blackberries and whipped cream. Mommy’s bowl of green’s and cornbread and my grilled rainbow trout. As the waitress stood there with the final two plates in her hand, one with pancakes and the other loaded with chicken tenderloins and fries, Nigel looked at the plates and reached for the one with chicken and fries—his favorite.

My wife spoke up and said, “Nigel, you wanted pancakes.” Everyone around the table was holding in their laughter because Nigel is a carnivore and does not believe he has eaten unless he has a piece of meat.

Disappointed and upset with his meal, my wife reminded Nigel, “I knew what was best for you. However, you insisted on what you wanted.”

As we meditate on our devotional scripture, remember God knows what he is doing.

Often we ignore God, insisting on doing things our way and operating from our limited thoughts. We, like Nigel, end up disappointed and dissatisfied.

We become disappointed and dissatisfied because we do not experience the fullness of God’s grace.

My son refused to let go of his way and placed his order for pancakes because he insisted on operating from a position of limited knowledge. He insisted that he have things his way and when he got it, he was unssatisfied. He spent the majority of the meal with steady pleadings to his sister for a chicken tender and intermittant glances at everyone’s plates. Needless to say, He did not enjoy his meal even though so much had been made available to him.

Does that sound familiar? We are in the Lord’s house at the table with so much available, yet, because we insist on having things our way we leave disappointed and dissatisfied.

God desires to give us what he knows would be best for us.

Question: Are we insisting on having things our way?

 

Lord, help us to listen to you and not insist on things being our way, Amen.