“My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.”Isaiah 55:8-9 NLT
Lying in bed this morning my thoughts felt heavy. I felt weighted down like there was nothing I could do to lift myself out of my funk. I envisioned my thoughts like lead weights or a lead balloon. Balloons should float up, that’s what makes a lead balloon an oxymoron. The two words are in disagreement with each other. My thoughts were in disagreement with my beliefs and I felt frustrated.
I envisioned God like a magnet, able to pull my heavy thoughts up from the depths. But, thinking about His magnetic pull, I saw how if I was also a magnet facing the wrong direction, I would feel a push, but if I simply turned around He would draw me to Him.
I dismissed writing about my feelings. I didn’t want to own up to my depressed mood, and I thought my vision to be too simplistic, even silly. I was ready to find a different inspiration. Still I know I’m not the only one who gets like this—so if I was led to a scripture that brought me back to this vision I would put on my big girl panties and put it out there knowing God would fortify my meager offering.
I came across the scripture at the top of this post. Inside, my spirit felt His magnetic pull. God is above me. He doesn’t leave me in the depths (Ps. 40:2). His call is an upward call (Phil. 3:14). He seats me in heavenly places (Eph. 2:6).
He is not only able to change the direction of my lead balloon thoughts, he takes them captive, transforming them with light and love, until they float high on the breeze of His Spirit.
Depressed thoughts can show up unannounced. We don’t choose to have them, but we can choose what to do with them. I pray today you would turn in the direction of God’s magnetic pull, allowing Him to lift you up.
Grace & Peace,
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