Trusting That God's Way Is Always Higher

Danny and I have always said that we study Scripture for our own personal growth, we just let the youth group listen in while we talk about what we've learned. We pray every week that the teens will get something out of what we teach, and if it's even a fraction of how we're affected by God's word, then He will do the work in their hearts. He is definitely working in ours.

That's exactly what happened to me this week in our Wednesday night meeting. We were talking about how to trust God, even in the hard times, every day for an entire year. It seems daunting, this trusting God completely. It's easy to question, to doubt, to wonder what's really going on when you're knee-deep in troubles and trials. But to trust God no matter what? It sounds like a church phrase that we say without thinking.

NASA says that the sun is 93 million miles away from the earth. It would take the fastest rocket ever designed around 100 days to get there. That's really difficult to wrap my brain around, especially when I have no depth perception whatsoever. But beyond that, it would take that same rocket more than 7,000 years to fly to the next closest star. That noise you just heard was my brain on overload.

This is practical, scientific data. It's trying to put into perspective a concept of distance, time, and relativity all into one astronomy lesson.

Until you add Scripture to it. 

For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. Isaiah 55:9

While I'm busy thinking about rockets and stars and measuring time and distance, God speaks through His word. 93 million miles and another 7,000 years diminish to a tiny blip on the radar when I place them next to the ways and thoughts of God. He exists outside time and space. He is so far above all I can comprehend that He can see my past, my present, and my future all at once.

Everything that I have done, am doing now, and will do in the future has already gone through the filtering hands of God. In the beginning, God. He's walked behind me, stood beside me, and gone ahead to prepare the way for me ... all at the same time. No one but God is capable of that.

And this same God is asking me to trust Him. Trust Him today, trust Him with my future, and trust Him to guide me all along the way, until I can spend eternity in heaven with Him. He's done all the heavy lifting. All I have to do is trust.

All I wanted this week was to celebrate the New Year with our teens. I wanted to encourage them to trust God above all else, for the next 366 days, since it's a Leap Year. But I was the one who found encouragement in that lesson. I may be struggling today, but I still have to trust God that He is preparing something for me. Or He's simply preparing me for something. Either way, He wants to see me rest in Him, take that next step that He's calling me to, and come out the other side praising Him for the victory.

I can't wait to see how He's going to move in 2024. How about you?

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