The other day Isaiah 55:8-11 popped up in a email from someone. Then later that same day a good friend of mine gave me a late Christmas present. A wonderful little devotional book called "Jesus Calling". It is written in the first person, as if Jesus Himself is speaking to you each day. As I read that day's devotion I KNEW the Lord was speaking to me through it. The first words were "Approach this day with awareness of who is Boss!" That is exactly what we were focusing on back in October when we did a series at SUM about putting God on the throne of our lives.
It went on to say that if my plans for the day seem to be all falling apart, to look out for Him. It just might be that He has something better planned for me and that I need to stay in close communication with Him. Wow! What a different way to think of a day that seems to just be going all wrong.
At the end two verses were given. Jeremiah 29:11 and Isaiah 55:9-11. I could go on and on, but I'll just let these verses speak for themselves.
"For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways," declares the Lord. "As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.
As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: it will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it."