Isaiah 55-56 B

” ‘My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,’ says the Lord. ‘And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.’ ” 55:8-9

I love this verse. The first time I came across it, I was sitting in the parking lot of my college, reading a little bit before my next class started. It was spring, it was early in the morning. I remember it so well because it resonated with me so deeply. God had been loud and present in that season of my life and I wanted to give this verse a standing ovation.

It’s so hard to relinquish the control. Isn’t it? To surrender your plans and ideas to him. Whether it’s the small details or the over-arching logistics. His plan is perfect. His timing is unmatchable. He brings in the ideal people at the ideal time and hems together the loosest ideas. He turns evil plans upside down and uses them for good (Genesis 50:20). He brings life out of death. Beauty out of ashes.

I look at my life and I can’t believe where he’s brought me and who He’s brought me.

The thing about giving up control to God is that we never really had it in the first place. Something the Holy Spirit has been revealing to me lately is how many things I think I’m surrendering to him-weren’t mine to hold on to in the first place.

Reread the verses at the top of this post again. Is there something God is prompting you to give over to him and trust his thoughts and intentions over your own? What’s preventing you?

Here’s Bethany’s post on these chapters from last time. It’s worth a second read!

-Carly

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