And trust me, I get it! We get tied to our things, people or places. We don't want to deal with what we think others will say about our decisions. We don't want to deal with the results of our decisions. We don't want to have to explain why we are, or are not, doing something. I mean it would be so much easier if everyone, including ourselves, responded to our decisions with "OK, great." But that's not always reality.
The thing is, our decisions impact us directly, and others indirectly. So for me, I'm always cautious (to a fault) about the decisions I make. Part of me is trying to figure out the future from my decisions, despite Jesus clearly telling me not to worry about tomorrow (Matthew 6:34). Another part of me wrestles with trusting God completely in some areas of my life even though He tells me to trust Him with all my heart (Proverbs 3:5). And yet another part of me still seeks the approval of man (Galatians 1:10).
But what I'm learning is that those parts of me that kick in to overdrive when making a decision often leave me fragmented, indecisive, and more often than not, disobedient to the King. What about you? Do you feel this way at times, too? I know it can't just be me! :-)
God's commands, and dare I say plans, for us are not burdensome (1 John 5:3). The problem arises when it conflicts with our own plans. We often want God to be on our time table or to fit neatly into the plans we've made, and when He doesn't (because He's God, duh) we get frustrated and say things like "Maybe I'm not hearing God clearly". We hear Him...we just don't always enjoy what He is saying.
So what am I going to do with this decision I need to make? TRUST GOD. Without a doubt, I know that I will not go wrong trusting the one who knows my whole entire life from beginning to end. My pastor always tells me that when my principles, beliefs, opinions, or support system clash with the things of God, then I have to lay those things down and follow God. Even when it doesn't make sense to me or others. Even when it doesn't fit my perfectly crafted plans. Even when I wish things would go the way I want them to go. Even when it pushes me deeper into a season that I would rather be finished with. Even when it stretches me out of my comfort zone.
So thank you Lord for your infinite wisdom and unfailing love! Thank you for knowing the plans you have toward us, which are plans to prosper us and not harm us (Jeremiah 29:11). I pray that everyone who reads this begins to trust you with every part of their lives including decision-making. Amen!