We sat cutting paper yesterday afternoon. Our older daughter was keeping on the lines, using her one hand in the way she has been taught and so could sit quietly unassisted. Our two year old needed my full attention as she grasped the scissors in both hands, waving them precariously in the air as she told me to hold the paper in front of her whilst she attempted to make contact with the paper and cut it.
The results were quiet clear. The cutting that had gone according to plan resulted in neatly piled pieces of paper. The one that had been done according to strong will, remained a whole piece of paper with a few jagged edges.
All I could think as I watched the whole debacle unfold, was that the right way of doing it would have been so much better for her. And again that small still voice reminded me of the verse in Isaiah.
Isaiah 55 vs 8
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD.”
It is so easy to get caught up in doing things that seem right to us yet result in a jaggedly cut, unrecognizable mess. My prayer for today is that I will stop and ask the Lord for His thoughts and His ways instead of setting out to do things my own way.