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God's Ways, Not Mine

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own insight. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord, and turn away from evil. It will be a healing for your flesh and a refreshment for your body. Proverbs 3: 5-8 (NRSV)

For my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways, says the Lord. Proverbs 55:8 (NRSV)

Stefan Woolsey-Lyons is from Arkansas. In the spring of 2020, Stefan and her husband were taking care of their dog, Kohl, after he had broken some vertebrae. Kohl was only ten months old and usually had lots of energy. But his injury had forced him to lie still in a confined area inside their garage for weeks. As Stefan took care of him each day, she listened to his whines; she saw the sadness in his eyes and the urge he felt to break out of his cage and run free. But Stefan knew if Kohl were let out of confinement, he could further injure himself, even so badly that he could become paralyzed.

As Stefan reflected on this situation, she thought of our great caretaker, God. She thought about how sometimes her life seemed bleak and discouraging; she didn't trust that God had a good plan for her. She had forgotten to :lean not on [my] own understanding."

When we feel restricted in life, it could be because our minds are limited. But God's ways are limitless. I have found my hope for living in trusting that God's plan for me is full of goodness, love, and a joyful future. If Stefan ever begins to doubt that promise, she has only to read the Bible and spend time with God in prayer.

Prayer: Dear heavenly Father, forgive us when we doubt your goodness to us. Remind us of your loving ways that bring us joy in living. Move us to live in service to others, in Jesus' name. Amen.

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