THINK HIGHER.

Robyn Simmons

It was a busy day. Well, actually it was a busy season. Each minute was accounted for and there was not a moment left over for anything else. Then my 15 year old daughter said at 8pm, “I have to have four types of gum for school tomorrow for a biology experiment.” I came undone! I had a full-on middle-aged mom tantrum. I fussed, I raised my voice, I stamped my feet, I yelled “I cannot add anything else!!!” I snatched up my purse and snatched up my daughter and drove approximately 6 minutes to Target when there was a Publix 1 minute away. But, I was not thinking rationally. I was only focused on my schedule, my time, my stress, and four packs of gum.

Myopia is a fancy word that means nearsighted. In that season and in that moment, I had myopic vision. I could not see anything else except my immediate situation. Have you ever been in a moment/season like this?

Isaiah 55:11 reads, “For as heaven is higher than earth, so my ways are higher than your thoughts. For just as rain and snow fall from heaven and do not return there without saturating the earth and making it germinate and sprout, and providing seed to sow and food to eat, so my word that comes from my mouth will not return to me empty but will accomplish what I please and will prosper in what I send it to do.”

God works His will in ways we may not see in the moment… but life events, circumstances, experiences are at work to germinate for growth. We are not able to see with a bird’s eye view – our myopic vision prevents us from seeing God at work in our lives. He knows the past, the present, and the future. We can only see the moments that are in front of us.

 

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For as heaven is higher than earth, so my ways are higher than your thoughts. For just as rain and snow fall from heaven and do not return there without saturating the earth and making it germinate and sprout, and providing seed to sow and food to eat, so my word that comes from my mouth will not return to me empty but will accomplish what I please and will prosper in what I send it to do.

Isaiah 55:11

Try to put yourself in the shoes of Joseph who was sold into slavery by his brothers and imprisoned as a result of a false accusation. Imagine you are Tamar and your worth is connected to being a mother, yet your father-in-law is standing in the way of your promised husband. Consider the sufferings of Job. How about Hagar? and King David? and Peter? Their myopic vision impacted their ability to see until it was time for them to understand.

Hindsight has taught us that the past often prepares us for the present. In those times were we are saturated with precipitation, God is preparing the soil to grow fruit in the future. If we believe God is good – and good meaning virtuous, righteous, benevolent – then we must trust that God will accomplish, at times through difficult circumstances, things that are too wonderful for us to understand (Job 42:3) but will be used for His good name.

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