God’s greatest accomplishment is that He always gets the last word. I hesitate to admit defeat or weakness, especially when I’ve packed grandiose plans into my adventure-filled day. I embark on a trail, eager to fulfill my mission. I anticipate a catwalk but sometimes find myself on a skunk chase.

Through my misguided direction, I later see my errors and futile efforts.  When I wake from my skunk hole, I sigh release, “Oh Lord, I followed that skunk trail again and found some stinkin’ thinkin’.” God is there every time, ready to cleanse my stench. I breathe His fresh scent.

Isaiah 55:11 grounds me after an attempted expedition that can reek from self-serving motives. “So shall my word…It shall not return to Me void.” God won’t have His word come back to bite Him in the mouth. He speaks Truth and Truth returns.

Isaiah continues; “But it shall accomplish what I please. And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.” His Truth will accomplish and prosper. God will not be skunked. He holds His creation’s best interest in hand.

I know, or think I know, what I want to achieve, but only God knows creation’s entire story. He speaks it into existence. I miss His voice when I skim past His cues. The world’s voices become my vices. God graciously rolls up His robe sleeves to embrace my stinky body and bathe my spirit in His baptismal font.

God, thank You for Your eternal wins. You allow me to face trials and fight battles. Remind me to face them under Your watch. Alert me to skunks (especially the ones which originally resembled cats). Your word will not return void.

Refreshed in the lily pad of life,


“So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; it shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please. And it shall prosper in the things for which I sent it” (Is. 55:11).

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  1. Interesting to me that you have selected a photo by James Wheeler for this post – He is the photographer who created the cover of my book, Star Signs: New and Selected Poems! Of the thousands of photographers out there – we both chose HIS WORK. No coincidence’s in the Kingdom of God. I am thinking of you each day and this post is such a good one. Thanks for sharing it. I will pass it along on FB. Love you BIG!

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