Have you ever been in that place where you don’t know what to do? Sometimes it’s minor decision, such as which restaurant to go to or what to have for lunch. Other times, it’s a major decision. Should I take this job? Buy this house? Marry this person?
Every day, we make hundreds of decisions. Some small. Some major. Recently, I faced both.
The small one: what road to take to avoid major construction on a rain-filled day.
The major one involved health insurance decisions, weighing options of services and cost while keeping the looming deadline in mind.
In each case, procrastination is not an option. If I took too long to decide the route to my meeting, I risked missing the window for easy travel and being late.
If I took too long regarding health insurance, the doorway to change would close and I could be stuck with a more expensive plan with fewer services.
As a writer, I’ve recently been faced with which project to pursue. Both are equally intriguing. One was a sci-fi story. The other was a fantasy. Both offer interesting characters and fascinating story worlds. But I couldn’t work on both, not with the other items crowding my to do list.
Two verses came to me. One is Exodus 33:13 (NLT) “I will personally go with you…and I will give you rest—everything will be fine for you.” In this instance, ‘rest’ to me means peace in my mind and my heart about which choice is best.
The second verse is found in Hebrews 13:21 (NLT) “May he equip with all you need for doing his will.”
For me, this speaks to trusting him for all I need to make the right decisions, seeking him for the questions I need to ask, for the information I need to weigh, for the heart to hear him speak to me.
What I learned today is to keep my mind on the Father and his presence with me as I take the next step. And, when I don’t know what to do, wait while he opens the door for me.
That’s the difference between procrastination and waiting for his wisdom. Procrastinating usually means I don’t have a clue what to do. Waiting on him is exactly what I need to do.
What do you do when you’re in that place where you don’t know what to do?