Have you ever prayed for something, expecting God to answer it in one way, only to have Him turn everything upside down and answer in a way you never expected?

In recent months, I have been praying specific things for our family. Several weeks ago, Brandon & Megan shared their good news about their upcoming move to Ohio. Be sure to visit their blogs to read all about it! Initially, the “mom” in me struggled a bit. OK, for two straight days. But on the third day, in the midst of my tears, this Scripture came to mind:

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:8,9

I realized at that moment that God had answered my prayers… just not in a way I expected. My pity tears quickly subsided and I began to praise the Lord, confident that He is in control, that He has a divine and marvelous plan for the kids in Ohio (I’m so proud of Brandon and for a daughter-in-law who would follow him to the ends of the earth in order to glorify God) — and that He loves and protects them in wonderful and unexpected ways… as only a perfect Father could.

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