In Isaiah 55:9, God said, “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” We see God as being unkind or unjust toward us while all he is doing is moving us to a better place.

As Americans, we don’t realize what it is like to be unable to communicate with someone.


Most countries in Asia, Africa and Europe teach English to a large number of their students. Many speak the language more fluently and with better grammar than Americans and Brits do. So when we are in foreign airports, signs are also posted in English.


Even on the streets of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, about half of the people can speak the language well enough to help you find what you need.


Maybe I’m wrong, but I bet people from other countries have a much tougher time with this than Americans do. Let’s see a German try to find his way around Wichita, Kan.


I know communication problems are frustrating. Our new son from Ethiopia speaks very little English. It improves one or two words a day, but this is a tough problem.


I don’t know what I expected. I guess I thought if I talked loudly enough or used some rudimentary sign language that we would be able to communicate perfectly. We can’t.


It is obvious that he is beginning to understand a lot of what we say. His routine provides context within which the language begins to make sense. The first words he learned were ones that helped him take care of daily needs like food, juice and shoes.


Not understanding each other has provided frustrating moments for all of us. When he has a cup of juice and you take it from him so you can help him sit at the table for lunch, he thinks you’re just taking away his juice.


The only way he can communicate his displeasure with this result is by pouting and crying demonstratively. He doesn’t have the means to say, “Please give me my juice back” or to understand when you say, “OK, let’s move to the table now.”


His lack of understanding causes confusion and frustration. Trust me, we understand his frustration. That made me think about how our relationship is with God.


In Isaiah 55:9, God said, “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”


I bet the reason he said that through a prophet was because of how frustrating it was trying to talk to his children. I know many times we see items with such tunnel vision that we don’t see why events that seem negative at first might be part of a bigger plan that leads to better things in the future.


We see God as being unkind or unjust toward us while all he is doing is moving us to a better place. I bet it is frustrating when we pout and cry about our fates before we find out why certain things had to happen.


I know this experience has made me look for subtle signs that God might be sending me so that I can better understand his ways. I know they are far higher than mine, but that doesn’t mean I can’t try to understand more completely.