"For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways," declares the Lord. "As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways."
I'm driving my granddaughter, Virginia Rose, home last Tuesday after a marvelous play date when we hear the sound of sirens. Sure enough! Here comes a fire engine, lights flashing gaudily, barreling down the road with an ambulance trailing close behind.
"Look, Gammie, look!" Virginia exclaims excitedly. "It's a firetruck and ambulance!"
"I see, sweetie," I say. "They must be on their way to an emergency somewhere near here."
We drive on for several more miles with Virginia babbling on about this thing and that. She does love to talk, that's for sure. I get such a kick out of all her stories, but I have to be careful when I time a comment, or I might hear, "Gammie, I wasn't finished. You interrupted me."
"Oops! I'm sorry, Virginia," I always promptly say. "I didn't mean to."
As we round a bend (and there are plenty of bends in the route we take from my house to hers), we spy another fire truck, this time with no siren blaring or lights flashing. Virginia is instantly curious. "Gammie, why are there no sirens and lights?"
"Because this truck has already seen to the emergency and is on its way back to the fire house," I explain.
"Gammie," Virginia declares brightly, "you're so smart. You know everything!"
Oh, how her statement makes me laugh! Because the older I get, the more I realize how little I really do know, and the more I stand in awe of our God whose ways and thoughts are vastly higher than any of us can imagine.
To almost five-year-old Virginia, of course, the thoughts of adults appear to be just as lofty and unfathomable as we regard God's. One day, when she is all grown up, she will see the light and understand the limits of the human mind.
Until that day comes, I pray that any knowledge this Gammie passes on to her will serve her well and lead her to look to God's ways and thoughts to guide her life.
And guard her heart.
Do you have an amusing or touching story about something your child or grandchild said to you? Please share!
Prayer: Father, may we never forget that Your ways and Your thoughts are so much higher than ours, they are beyond our comprehension. Yet You, in Your mercy, sent Your Son, Christ Jesus, to reveal who You are to us so we might understand Your will for our lives. Thank You, Father, for loving us so much. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.