Thursday, January 31, 2008

Climbing

How do you make a decision when it feels like all options are positives? I’m taking into consideration prayer and wise counsel, but when it comes down to it…how do you choose?

Some decisions are easy. I will always choose Chick-Fil-A over almost any other fast food establishment. I will generally choose to go to bed before midnight. I will always choose to eat lunch. I’ve never been one of those people who just “forgot to eat.”

I’ve been reading in Genesis again. Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob each teach me something new every time I study their stories. My most recent read thru took me straight to Jacob’s ladder in Genesis 28:15 where God says to Jacob, “I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go, and I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.” I recognize that Jacob had an incredible direct encounter with God and that the promise given to the Patriarchs was very specific. However, I also recognize that as a believer I am indwelt with the Holy Spirit and have received the incredible promise that the Spirit of Truth will be with me until I make it home to God’s Kingdom of Glory. In the meantime, I am comforted by that thought and no longer worry or fear over my choices and decisions. Instead, I am slowly seeing everything as pure adventure and opportunity. I love the fact that I could be anywhere in the world 8 months from now, but that also puts a drag on the side of me who wants to plan out the subsequent months that follow January 2008. So, do I say yes to the September opportunity or hold out for the challenge that keeps coming to the surface? Yes and yes? I wish.

“God had made Abraham a father of many nations (Genesis 17:5) before Abraham had glimpsed a single descendant. Beloved, I wonder what God has already made you. Things that perhaps you’ve not even glimpsed, Believe God! Give him your entire being and walk one step at a time before His knowing gaze and with His sufficient strength.” (Beth Moore)

One step at a time. Sounds like a good plan to me. I’m so encouraged to know that the Lord will continue to provide opportunities to grow and learn as long as I have days to live. So whether I’m in Arizona, Abilene, or Africa next September (I know, crazy) – I know that He will not leave me until He has done what He promised to do in me.

1 comment:

DeAnn said...

Amen and amen! I'm right there with you!
DeAnn