“‘For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,’ declares the Lord.” --Psalm 55:8
Lexi doesn’t always do what I say, even when I know she’s listening. She perks up her ears and turns toward my voice—and decides to do her own thing. Anyone who’s ever said a prayer knows that God doesn’t always do what we ask. We know he’s listening—but he decides to do things his own way. It’s frustrating sometimes. Although God warns us that our ways are not his ways, it can be for us to understand what he’s up to. It’s hard for us to understand why he doesn’t do what we ask. After all, we only ask for what we believe is best. This is why prayer is an act of faith: we have to trust that God’s way is better than the best we can imagine, even when the outcome is disappointing or heartbreaking. Lexi doesn’t always do what I say, but she’s still walking with me. God doesn’t always do what we ask, but he’s still walking with us.