My Grandma used to say, “Life is about choices.” I smile when I remember her wisdom, the tone of her voice, and the smell of good, strong coffee on her breath.
But how are we supposed to make good choices? I mean, it’s not THAT big of a deal if we have to decide between the burger or fish sandwich for lunch today. But what if you and I are facing a serious decision, one that looks awfully close to an answer to the heartfelt prayer for direction in our lives?
How do you choose? How do you know if you’re to go or stay away? How do you know if you’re to say “yes” or “no?” How do you know if this is IT and you should start doing your happy dance to that song in your heart or that the sound is more of a ticking, a warning to run before the whole thing backfires and blows up in your face?
Maybe you think you don’t have time to pray. My friend, you don’t have the time NOT to pray.
God can answer a prayer while you’re in the middle of a conversation with someone. He can whisper to your heart what you need to hear. Don’t let your idea of time hold you back from God.
God sees those choices you’re flipping through in your mind, like those index cards for the old card catalog system at the library. He knows what “book” he has for you. He knows what’s best for you, and He also knows what will keep you spinning, lost in the library.
You may grow impatient and pull open a drawer, grab the first card you see, and go where it leads you. Don’t be tempted to hurry up God’s plan. You may be so close to something He’s been planning for you, some wonderful surprise and an answer to that desire in your heart. But if you leave God behind and rush after it because you think you’ve figured it all out, it may lead you in the wrong direction. Perhaps it may take you outside the library altogether, leaving you frustrated, lost, and discouraged.
Wait for God. Wait with God. Talk to Him. Tell Him your frustrations and your eagerness. He will give you peace while you’re waiting for His answer.
Of course, you don’t have to do that. You can always flip a coin, ask everyone you know, or make a list of pros and cons to make the decision, to make the choice.
Or you can simply choose God.
“Who are those who fear the Lord? He will show them the path they should choose.” (Psalm 25:12 NLT.)