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Unexpected Answers

For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways, says the Lord.  Isaiah 55:8 AMP

(Photo courtesy of morguefile and pippalou.)The last time I filled the hummingbird feeder, I grumped. Ants crawled all over the feeder, inside and out. Why did those ants have to mess up MY feeder? The ants didn’t seem to bother the hummingbirds, but they sure bothered me.

After I rinsed out the feeder and blasted those ants with the jet setting of the hose nozzle, I put in a fresh batch of sugar water and went back inside. Later that day, I looked out the window and noticed a green lizard lying along the ledge of the hummingbird feeder. Of all the places that lizard could sleep, it chose the feeder.

As I began to resent the lizard’s existence, it only took mere seconds before it hit me. Of course. Thank you, Jesus. Jesus heard me grump over the ants at the feeder and sent a solution … the lizard. He solved the problem of the ants and fed the lizard at the same time. Yea, God. 

Who says God isn’t interested in the little things of our lives? If ants aren’t one of those little things, I don’t know what is. Like one of my girlfriends says, “It’s all small to God.” Amen?

How many times do we go before God with a problem and hand Him the solution to said problem at the same time? He knows our needs before we ask, and yet He waits for us to do just that. His solutions may not be what we have in mind, but His ways are always better.

We have our own idea as to how God should solve our dilemma. Our own agenda and time frame. But when we let go of our problem and allow God to handle it as only He can, we see His ways and thoughts are not like ours. They are much, much better.

The next time ants overtake your hummingbird feeder, whatever those ants and that feeder may be, remember God’s ways are not our ways. And thank Him for that fact. 

(Photo courtesy of morguefile and pippalou.)

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Sandy Quandt

Sandy Kirby Quandt is a freelance writer and follower of Jesus with a passion for history, travel, and photography—passions that often weave their way into her stories and articles. Sandy has written numerous articles and stories for adult and children’s publications. Looking for words of encouragement or gluten-free recipes? Then check out Woven and Spun. www.sandykirbyquandt.com. Sandy and her husband live in Texas.