my way

I sat on my little sister's bed with my yellow scrappy quilt tucked around me. I had managed to get done with school done and now sat with my bible spread on my lap.

I felt particularly tired that day, and feeling horrible in general. I opened up the bible to a passage my mother had read aloud in a book. I had quickly jotted down the reference in hope that I would remember to look it up carefully when I had time.

Hoping I wrote it down correctly, I flipped to Isaiah 55:8-9

For My thoughts are no your thoughts, nor are you ways My ways," declares the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.

Hm. I liked that. God's ways are impossible for me to do. Period. It's impossible for you to do, period. It's impossible for anyone except God to do. No brainer, right?

My body is programmed for me only - my ways. Under no circumstances can I suddenly switch to God's ways. That is not up to me. It's up to the One who brought my heart to Him. If He can soften my stubborn heart, He can easily give me His ways.

After my bible reading, I promptly fell asleep. Next thing I knew,

Daniel Franklyn: "Uh, Bethany, wake up."

Me: Groggily "What?"

DF: "Caroline's awake - she needs to get out." Distant Caroline cries. "And she has a poopy diaper."

I think I groaned. I don't remember. I really don't want to do this. Insert small voice, "My ways."

A pause. Yup...Bethany, your mission is at home. Go get that baby - tired or not tired.

Well, God can be merciful in the smallest things. My baby sister didn't have a bad diaper. I felt like singing the Hallelujah chorus.

DF: "Bethany, please build me a train track. A really big one."

M: Tired. "*sighs* Daniel, not today, I have to go do some things." like sleep. *remembers* "Actually, come on Daniel, lets go build a train set."

You know what? I really did enjoy building that train track. The best part was my little brother's "WOW!" and the happy squeals of Caroline. It was worth it.
The LORD is the One who goes ahead of you; He will be with you. He will not fail you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed. - Deut. 31:21


  1. Oh, Bethany, your posts are always so encouraging to me! Thank you!

    On a side note, did you get my letter yet?

    Love and Hugs :)
    Bethany Joy

  2. Bethany Joy - Thanks a bunch *hugs* and yes, I did get your letter...if it wasn't time for bed, I'd write back! Hopefully I can write you tomorrow!!

  3. great post Flop, so beautiful and inspiring!

    Love you,



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