Yesterday evening we called two of our grandsons to let them know we had received a report from Frackle (their elf on a shelf). We had to tell them that while Frackle said that overall they had good marks, they seemed to have too many marks against them for not doing what Mom and Dad said. It seems Mom and Dad have to tell them to do something again and again. How many times does God have to remind me to be obedient to what He says and to trust Him with all my heart and all my mind?

I was reminded in my quiet time that our Lord God is THE god, and I am but a mere mortal with limited understanding. “‘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)

Sometimes we can look back and see the purpose of events in our lives, but some things may not make sense until we see Jesus face to face. The Lord is always working behind the scenes, and all He wants from us is trust in Him, His ways, His direction and obedience. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek His will in all you do, and He will show you which path to take.” (Proverbs 3:5-6)

Mary modeled the best attitude when Gabriel announced she would deliver the Messiah: “I am the Lord’s servant. May everything you have said about me come true.” (Luke 1:38) We should all be able to respond to Him in that manner, for not only are His ways and plans perfect, but so is His timing. “When we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners.” (Romans 5:6)

Whatever comes across your path today, stop to think about how it may matter in light of eternity. On the divine night that the Lord was born in Bethlehem, most on earth were oblivious. But all of heaven was rejoicing because of what the Lord was doing. “But when the right time came, God sent His Son, born of a woman” (Gal. 4:4). While we don’t know (or understand) what He is doing behind the scenes, we can trust that He knows. And in our faith, let us rejoice!