“LORD, I know that people’s lives are not their own; it is not for them to direct their steps.” Jeremiah 10:23
This morning I’m taking my son to a college open house. This isn’t just any college, though. It happens to be my and my husband’s Alma mater (I won’t tell you how long ago!).
We traveled to one other school, which he fell in love with – the location, the program, the campus were all really inviting to him. He applied there and actually got accepted. But, he got very little financial aid from them. As you can imagine, he was pretty crestfallen for a few days. Then he got an acceptance letter from “my” school, with a generous aid package.
It’s been a bit of an emotional roller coaster, and I’ve been riding it along with him. So many factors to consider, and he’s doing an admirable job of sorting through it all. Today should hopefully add more pieces of information to the puzzle.
As he ponders, I’ve been praying. When faced with a big decision, I know how easy it is to stay focused on data. In my own life, I’ve needed other people to remind me sometimes to pray. I don’t ever mean to leave God out of the loop, but I get fixated on what’s in front of me.
The truth is, though, God already knows what choices we’re facing. Not only that, He knows what His best plan for us is. He wants to reveal that plan to us – but He won’t force Himself on us. And, as much as we like to think that making up our own mind makes us powerful and independent, we just aren’t. Even when we think we have all the information, our picture is still incomplete.
I’m so grateful to know that our Heavenly Father always knows where we are. And as I walk with my son through the tour today, I’ll be lifting up a few quick prayers that my son would hear God’s wisdom along with the professors!
What big decisions are you facing right now? Are you asking God to show you the way?