Have you ever reached a point in life where you’ve had to make a big decision?
I’ve found myself at pivotal moments many times throughout my life.
Times when saying “yes” or “no” to certain choices ultimately changes everything else about my future.
What do I do when I’m just not sure what is best?
What do I do when I can see pros and cons to both options?
What do I do when I’m afraid I could make the wrong decision?I’d like to say that I always seek God first; but if I am completely honest, I fail over and over again.
I often waste a lot of time agonizing over what I should do.
I toss and turn in bed.
I have debates in my head.
I wrestle with fear.
I second-guess myself.
I’m unpleasant to be around.
I’m a mess.
Finally, when I realize I’m getting nowhere on my own, I turn to the only One who can truly guide me in the right direction.
These are the three steps that always work when I finally reach a place of letting go.
1. I turn to God.
2. I pray for peace.
3. I patiently wait for an answer
I ask God to cause one choice to make me feel anxious, overwhelmed, and unsteady every time I imagine myself saying “yes.”
Then I ask Him to cause one choice to make me feel calm, secure, and covered in His blessing when I imagine myself saying “yes” to it.
I’ve found that if I lay my options out before Him and say “Please, show me Your will”, He will do exactly that every single time………………in His time.
I’ve discovered through the years that God isn’t a fan of dragging people along but He is a fan of gently leading.
It may take some time to get my answer,
and I may be a mess for a while as I teeter back and forth in my own strength,
but if I can let go and simply wait………………
God will make clear what is right.
When I jump in and make decisions on my own, I often mess up thinking I know best.
But when I wait, even if it’s up to the very last minute, I will reach a place of quiet rest.
A place where I know God is saying, “Walk this way……………….”
It’s the waiting that’s hard.
It’s the trusting in Someone I cannot see that can be challenging.
It’s believing He will provide an answer eventually when my humanness wants an answer today.
If you find yourself wrestling with a big decision today,
try the steps I mentioned above and see what happens.
Praying for all of you today who read these words and need answers to big questions.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make straight your paths.
I will instruct you
and teach you in the way you should go;
I will counsel you with my eye upon you.
“The Lord directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives. Though they stumble, they will never fall, for the Lord holds them by the hand.”
This is what the LORD says: “Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls.