I’ve had to face some big decisions in life. Decisions that would bring about change. These changes have taken me to a place not yet explored- uncharted territory. When confronted with said “changes”, I’m left to ponder, “Am I making the right decision?”.
As a late teen, I was faced with the decision of college. There was no question in my mind that I wanted to go. But, I was flustered in having to decide where. Truth be told, my ultimate decision was made because I knew of nearly a dozen classmates who would also be attending this “choice” university. Maybe not my wisest analysis, which made me ponder, “Am I making the right decision?”.
Eventually, most of those classmates decided to transfer schools or dropped out from higher education altogether. There I remained. However, I resolved to make the most out of my choice. It turns out, the major I [later] determined I would pursue was accredited by this university. The program helped to prepare me and certify me for entry level into my profession. In the grand scheme, it all worked out in my favor anyway.
Upon graduating, I was faced with a new decision. Where would I begin my career? I initially had two interviews with two different agencies. My very first, professional interview left me in tears by the end. No, not happy tears- I was harassed by the director. Truth be told, my ultimate decision was made because I didn’t want to be employed by that very person. But, the second option would provide less annual pay, so I was left to ponder, “Am I making the right decision?”.
I remained employed for the next four to five years with the “second” agency. I was more secure in how they represented themselves as my employer. I grew to genuinely love what I was doing. I served a population of very young children, and I knew I was making an impact in their lives even if only by a short encounter with them. In the grand scheme, it all worked out in my favor anyway.
I consider how my walk with God additionally brings about big decisions and changes. And, these changes have taken, and will continue to take me to uncharted territory. The benefit, though, of facing these decisions in my spiritual walk is knowing that I am not alone. I can consult God to bring about knowledge in which path I should take.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.- Proverbs 3:5-6 (NIV).
God has grandeur knowledge to paths unseen. But, I must admit that I have not always heard his voice with clarity. Sometimes I’ve looked for this huge sign with a [flashing neon lights] revelation. However, I must remain in tune with his character of love and grace. Meaning some big revelations I receive will come from God’s still small voice.
The Lord said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.” Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper.. Then a voice said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”- 1 Kings 19:11-13 (NIV)
Yes, there have been times when I listened to the clamor of the world over the gentle whispers of God. I’m left pondering, “Am I making the right decision?”. But, I do have confidence in these promises:
- God is with me wherever I go. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.- Joshua 1:9 (NIV)
- God has already journeyed my path from beginning to end. The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you..”- Deuteronomy 31:8 (NIV)
- God’s grace shows me favor even if I choose a wrong path. Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.- Hebrews 4:16 (NIV)
No matter where my decisions will take me, God will lovingly and graciously partner with me through these uncharted territories. And in the grand scheme, I know everything will all work out in my favor anyway.
“In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will.”- Ephesians 1:11 (NIV)