This little 5 minute exercise in frustration and priorities got me thinking about our priorities and God's priorities. So often our priorities don't match up to God's priorities. What is close to God's heart is not close to our hearts. We're not bad people, per se, it's just that we get crossways of God and we forget that we (as little Christs) are called to reflect who God is - and this includes his priorities.
In Isaiah 55:6-9 God reminds us that we need to seek Him - this includes His ways and priorities. God makes it clear - our ways are not His; in order to know His ways we need to seek Him:
"6 Seek the Lord while he may be found;
call on him while he is near.
7 Let the wicked forsake their ways
and the unrighteous their thoughts.
Let them turn to the Lord, and he will have mercy on them,
and to our God, for he will freely pardon.
8 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways,”
declares the Lord.
9 “As the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways
and my thoughts than your thoughts."
Seeking Him starts with the acknowledgement that His ways should be our ways. Once we can convince ourselves of this we can take the next steps of actually seeking Him. Our seeking first begins with the fact that God has sought and found us. This fact becomes the basis for our own seeking - know that God is available and "for us." Seeking on our side comes in Bible reading and prayer.
Today challenge yourself to question your own priorities - are they set by God or by yourself? Are seeking God's ways or just following your own?