My youngest daughter rushed down the stairs to the beat of her fear. She simply could not sleep with the “thunder booming and lightning bolts.” It was almost time for her to get up and get ready for Vacation Bible School anyway, but I hadn’t finished my prayer time yet. It was interrupted by a barrage of questions from her little mind instead.
“Mom, what if lighting struck our whole house? Where would we live?”
“Well, Sweetie, we would go to a hotel or a friend’s house until it was fixed.”
“What if it caught the house on fire?”
“Then we would be very sad, but we would find another house to live in.”
“What if the lightning hit our computer?”
“Well…we’d replace it.”
“NO! But, Mom, that’s where all our money is!”
I couldn’t help but giggle over that one. “Oh no, darlin’, our money’s in the bank.”
“No, it’s not. It’s in the computer. Daddy showed me. I have seven dollars and seventy-three cents left.”
We went round and round, but she stood fully convinced that her allowance is kept in the computer, because “she saw the money in there.” I lifted her petite frame and hugged her close. Her lack of comprehension endeared me to her.
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It’s no coincidence that only moments before, I was having a “Who, What, When, Where, Why” session with my Heavenly Father. How creative of Him to answer my questions through the questions of my eight-year-old.
The answer is that I can’t see life through His grid. It’s a simple Truth, but I need constant reminding with my in-the-moment, literal-thinking brain.
“My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the LORD.
“And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine.
For just as the Heavens are higher than the earth,
So My ways are higher than your ways
And My thoughts higher than your thoughts.”
Isaiah 55:8-9 (New Living Translation)
When I get to the end of what I can see through the faith He’s given me, I can count on Him to scoop me up tenderly, all the while whispering “I’m in control. Trust me.” And I feel quite certain that my lack of comprehension endears me to Him just like my Ally’s did to me.
I look forward to the day when I fully get it. I like to call it my 1 Corinthians 13:12 day:
Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.
Until that day, I’ll choose to trust in what He sees, walking by faith and not by my blurry sight.