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A sharing by Helen Chang for this song:

While it is no news that often people do not think alike, even for those who thought they could supplement each other in thoughts at first, they would soon find that the reality proves otherwise.

Recalling the time when I first came across Isaiah 55:8-9, “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”, all I was concerned with was the enormous distance between heaven and earth. I had wondered even if there was an astronaut who may try to reach the edge of heaven, how long would it take? Even as I was thinking, I realised that God’s word was spoken back at a time when there were no astronauts and surely this way of thinking must be wrong!

This showed me just how earth bound was my way of thinking! Even if I were to learn a new way of thinking, could my thoughts reach heavenward by sheer learning? Then by God’s mercy, the words in Romans 12:2 came to mind, actually I am responsible to let go of my earthbound thoughts such that my mind could be free for it to be renewed by God’s Spirit. I am to take the initiative to present my body willingly, including all of its functions, to God, for the ongoing process of renewal from day to day!

It then dawned on me that the real problem in my thinking was in the direction of my thoughts, which should be from ground zero up heavenward rather than thinking on the vast distance between heaven and earth! My mind should be like a piece of white paper with the main headings listed, pondering on God’s word and being sensitive to His Spirit to mould and to lead my thinking.

Since then it’s been most humbling and encouraging to experience the ways of God’s Spirit in correcting, leading, and moulding the way I think, respond and make choices in life! There have been occasions where thoughts of possibly displeasing the LORD came and I had to respond to them without delay. There have been those thoughts which took me by surprise without prior notice yet these soon became realities as if I was being prepared literally on the spot. I have been made more and more aware that before a word is on my tongue, the LORD truly knows my thoughts well in advance! Great is His compassion as He has not dealt with me according to my unworthiness!

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