Tuesday, September 13, 2011


For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
nor are your ways my ways, says the LORD.
- Isaiah 55:8
There are many times when we pray for something, and do not get the answer we want. Things happen that we don't understand. We wonder why God is treating us like this, or if He is even still taking any notice of us at all.

But we forget: God has His reasons. We don't always understand those reasons, because God doesn't think like us. He doesn't act like us. He knows what is ultimately best for us, and He has a plan.

A child doesn't always understand that he needs lots of sleep and a healthy diet to develop properly. Left to his own devices, he will eat cookies all day and stay up late watching Spongebob Squarepants. As parents we have to insist that he eats some vegetables and go to bed early, because we know what's best for him. The child may complain, he may beg us to change our minds, and he may cry and have a tantrum when we say no. But just because he doesn't understand our reasoning does not mean we will give in.

Our Heavenly Father treats us the same way. We don't know why He doesn't answer our prayer for a new job. We don't understand why we has allowed this disease to ravage us. We throw a fit when He takes away a loved one. We don't understand His ways, but we have to trust that He knows what is best for us, and give in to His plan for us.

When children accept the will and the guidance of their parents, they become happier and content. So will we.


  1. Once again a timely message that I take home. Thank you for the reflection Tracy.

  2. One thing that helped me a lot with asking Why about the things that I don't like, or wish were different was suggested by a man I listen on the radio. He said, if you ask "Why" in the bad times, it is only fair that you should ask "Why" in the good times as well. Why are you so lucky to have... and not others in your own community. Why did I get the good job, the conveniences, the ... (fill in the blank) while others only yearn. It is a struggle not to ask why, but when I do, I just remember to ask why for the good as well :)

  3. That is an excellent way of looking at it, Indira. Thanks for sharing that. Have a great day :)