““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
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6
I learned as a girl that a compass helps people figure out what direction they need to go. It points them in the right direction. They use it to face the right direction – and to go to the right place. It’s not meant to help people to go back to where they came from, but to help them go forward to where they’re meant to go. It’s a journey helper. Helps people on their journeys. Some people like myself have just about no sense of direction. Compasses can help anyone, but they’re extra helpful for people who need the extra help when it comes to finding their way to the right destination.
Geographically, the places to which the Lord has sent, is sending me, and has spoken to my heart He will send me since I’ve been out on the road full-time for ministry simply don’t make sense as far as a compass is concerned. Surely, His compass must be broken. Or at least off.
After all, doesn’t He realize when He considers east, west, north, and south in the United States that there is a much better, more practical, wiser, common sense approach and order when it comes to sending me from location to location?
Shouldn’t He just make a list of locations, take out His human compass, and figure out the correct obvious order geographically of how best to send me to all the locations He will ultimately send me?
One day, I even mulled over the possibility of changing the order of locations I knew the Lord wants me to go based on my human compass. Based on how the United States is set up. How the East Coast is laid out.
I figured what would the Lord care anyway if I disregard His order of locations and His timing of sending me there and use my mental compass and common sense to rearrange and reorder my steps of faith from one place to another? My way would save time, energy, perhaps money, mileage, and oh, wait, there was a problem.
Jesus Christ is Lord; I’m not. God’s compass, and His ways and desires, His will and plans, His purpose, none of this have to make sense to me nor to us. We don’t need to understand His order, His wisdom, His directions, His timing, etc. We don’t need to like His will. His compass, and His will, they don’t need to fit our plans and dreams and ways, wishes, and wants.
We need to surrender ourselves entirely to Christ and go by His compass for His glory.
The Lord has proved to me time and again in my streets ministry work that He knows exactly when to send me to exactly what location to exactly what people for His exact plan for me to share the Gospel, pray for people, love and encourage and help them, and minister to them as He sees fit.
It’s not about me. It’s about His will and ways. About His compass. About His everything. All about Him. About loving and serving Him forever.
I seek the Lord continually and do my best to hear and obey Him in all things including as far as where He wants me geographically. And I don’t need to know, understand, or even like where He is sending me and when and to whom. I simply need to humble myself and obey.
The same is true for us all. Jesus Christ is Lord. We who believe in Him for the promise of everlasting life need to follow Him. No matter how little or how much His compass may make sense to us. Why? HE IS LORD! Forever and ever, AMEN!