“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways, says the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:8-9
Several years back when my kids were still in the church Youth Group, a young lady sang the song, “My Father’s Eyes.” She was this shy young girl who took a big step by performing in front of the entire church. She sang well. Halfway through the song, she forgot the lyrics. I was so impressed by how she handled the mess up. She was calm, confident, and simply paused. She looked out into the crowd and said, “Oops.” The media person stopped the taped accompaniment until she was ready to begin again. She started over and the performance was flawless.
I’ve shared this story before in a blog because it made such an impact on me. I think the young lady’s forgetfulness had more to do with God’s desire to teach His people something powerful than it did her nerves. I think God used the opportunity to say to everyone present, “In My eyes, she is a star because she is singing to Me; not you.”
We do not always think like God. The young lady could have been embarrassed, humiliated and ran off the stage. Instead, God strengthened her to continue. For His glory.
Just about every day, I hear people my age (or older) putting down younger people. We say things like, “Pull your pants up.” We complain that a young lady’s neckline is too low, or her shorts or skirt are too high. When they don’t have a job, we condemn them. When they have a job, we complain about their work ethic. When they don’t have children, we judge their lack of commitment to traditional values. When they do have children, we criticize how they parent. We gripe that this generation has a potty mouth. Do any of us realize our gossiping, critical tongue also thrives in life’s potty?
Let God be God. Next time I am tempted to talk about how someone is doing something wrong, I pray the Spirit reminds me that I’m just as flawed. My flaws may be different. My past mistakes may be similar. Regardless, my God is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Amen.