Just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts. Rain and snow fall from the sky and don’t return without watering the ground. They cause the plants to sprout and grow, making seeds for the farmer and bread for the people. The same thing is true of the words I speak. They will not return to me empty. They make the things happen that I want to happen, and they succeed in doing what I send them to do. Isaiah 55:9-11
God doesn’t waste anything. You likely learned about the water cycle in elementary school. You could label a diagram of what happens to the water as it falls to the earth as precipitation and returns to the atmosphere through evaporation and transpiration. Add words and processes such as condensation and percolation, and it all sounds so scientific. We can explain a lot of things with our many “tion” words.
Explaining things isn’t bad. It helps us make sense of the world around us. God is organized (and creative), and since we’re created in his image, we have both within us as well. We want to make sense of things, and when we use our thinking to discover God’s world, we can glorify him as we recognize the intricacies of his creation.
At the same time, we can distort our thinking and convince ourselves we’re responsible for our intelligence. We think we understand things in the correct way, and we set the acknowledgement of God aside. We take a gift he’s given us and use it to move away from him. It’s definitely not what he intends.
No matter what we believe, God is God. No explaining to the contrary will make it reality. Because he is loving, he will patiently await our return. He will even use our detours away from him to reveal himself to us. He wastes nothing. Just as he knows every drop of water on earth and in the atmosphere, he knows our every thought. He hears our every word. He will use everything.
Live It. As you go about your day today, notice water in any form: lakes, ponds, puddles, rain, snow, fog, frost. Consider every drop. Invite God to invade your thoughts and guide every word you speak throughout the day.