Surprise! But where’s the confetti? Where’s the cake?
It would be nice if life’s surprise came with cake and confetti. Even the not so great surprises would seem a tad better with cake — or tacos. Yeah, maybe tacos would be better. But I digress.
Life is good at surprises. Sometimes, good. Other times, bad. Wherever it falls on the spectrum, it’s usually pretty confusing and full of choices.
Eventually, hindsight will weigh those confusing times and life will have settled into whatever the new reality is.
However, at the time, those confusing moments feel as if they can go a hundred different ways. The future feels as if it hinges on the choices that have to be made and the pressure feels great.
If you’re anything like me, life’s large surprises create confusing times that come with choices and usually fear. What if the wrong choice is made? Why can’t I have a sign tell me which way to go? How do I know I’m making the right choice? What if I miss the plan God had for me?
There are a thousand questions, headaches, and moments of pre-occupation. Even once the choice is made, concern lingers and doubts pester.
However, God doesn’t want us to live eternally with questions and doubts. He desires that we dig deep in Scripture, pray earnestly, and trust His ways. He longs that we meditated upon His words and allow peace to have the front seat. When Godly peace rules, a decision is not made by fear. We can move forward knowing that whatever the outcome, God is in control.
Still, I know that it can be hard to know where to find those verses to meditate upon. To help you out, I’ve selected my favorite five.
1. 1 Corinthians 14: 33
God doesn’t want us to live confused. He want us to seek Him, listen, and follow. He leads us down good paths. When we walk along His path, He brings us peace. We can know that all His plans are good and for our good.
So, what do we do when we don’t have a clear answer from God even after the asking and listening? We walk in Wisdom! Seek out Godly advice, trust the gut, and then walk it out trusting that as long as the chosen path doesn’t contract Scripture that God is traveling with us on our chosen avenue.
2. Proverbs 3: 5-6
Far too often, I try to “help” God out. I try to make a logical, well-laid plan that He can approve and I can walk. However, when I reach these crossroads, I have to remind myself over and over and over again that I can’t see all. I can’t see what’s ahead and therefore, I cannot make a really well-laid plan. I have to trust His plan — even if it doesn’t necessarily make sense to me — because it is only then that the path before me straightens and is good.
3. Psalm 147: 5
God can do all things. He can make broken lives whole, confused minds calm, and turn curses into blessings (Deuteronomy 23: 5). We can not measure Him because He is beyond our understanding.
Just like Proverbs 3: 5-6, I have to trust that whatever I feel option God is asking me to choose, He knows best. However, I also know that He is great and “abundant in power” and while I don’t want to make the wrong choice, God is not limited to my choices. Yes, my choices matter but even if I make one wrong choice, God is not going to be derailed and all of eternity unravel. I find great comfort in knowing that God is more powerful than my choices.
4. Job 23: 14
Again, I can’t derail God! He will complete what He appoints for me. My mistakes — He’s already taken those into account. My bad decisions — He knew those before I was born. Yes, He wants me to choose His way at all times because that makes the paths I travel straight. A wrong decision will take me off course and He doesn’t want that. But when I accepted Him as Savior, He set my end goal and He will accomplish it.
This is one of my favorite verses in Scripture. So much pressure is taken off of me and my choices. I can walk in peace knowing that I’m walking with the God of the Universe who will also fulfill His plans! Rock on!!
5. Job 42: 2
Can you tell I really like taking the pressure off myself? It’s because that’s where I struggle the most. Maybe it could be argued that I think to highly of myself or maybe it’s a control issue. Whatever the reasoning, I find great comfort in knowing that is actually in charge.
God has plans and I’m not nearly powerful enough to thwart those plans. That’s a great weight off of my shoulders! *Whew!*
I frequently forget all that I’ve reminded you of here. I don’t always walk the way I teach. But I think that’s normal human behavior and I try. That’s why I enjoy teaching what I’m still learning to walk. It serves as a reminder to me and hopefully offers your some encouragement. 🙂