Feb 25, 2010

Inspiration From a Friend

Today I got an email from my sweet friend Molly, you remember Molly from here and here! It was the sweetest email. Molly knows I have been going through a hard time, and have made some pretty big decisions in my life recently, and thought that this devotional was perfect. I absolutely loved this, and read it twice. Sometimes I think we all need to be reminded that we are not in control, yes we make our own choices, but no matter our choices, God will still accomplish his plan for each of us. I posted the whole thing, and hope that you all enjoy it as much as I did. Thanks Molly!

"It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in princes." Psalm 118:9

"I had looked forward to this moment for days. I sat across the table from my friend and poured out my heart about a big decision I had to make. As I looked into her eyes, I just knew she would have the wisdom I needed. I waited expectantly for her advice.
Instead of an answer to my problems I got a mini sermon. One I needed to hear. My friend pointed out that I was looking to the answer and not the Source of all answers. I thought if I just made the right choice, I would solve all my own problems. "You need to take your focus off making the right decision and trust God," she said. "No matter what you decide to do, He will still take care of you and He will acc omplish His purpose for you." (from Psalm 138:8)
I nodded soberly. My friend was right. I had gotten caught up in the outcome. I was placing my trust in princes—looking to people and circumstances for the answers—instead of accepting the truth that, no matter what decision I made, God was going to take care of me. I had made the decision so uber-important that it had eclipsed God's place in my life.
I had prayed to make the right decision. I had journaled pages to Him about it. But ultimately, I reasoned, since He hadn't written the solution in the skies for me, I had to make my own choice based on what I felt was right. I had forgotten that He would still be there working all things together for my good after I made the decision, just as He had before.
If you are facing a big or little decision in your life, seek Him above all. Don't let the outcome or the opinions of others become more important that the One who "opens His hands and satisfies the de sires of every living thing" (Psalm 145:16).
No matter whether you make the right decision or the wrong one, He will still be there walking with you, loving you, and helping you. Pray about your decision. Read His word. Seek out godly counsel. And then make the best decision you can. Sometimes the biggest decision is to simply make one. Place your trust in Him and rest in the fact that He will meet you on the other side of whatever decision you make."

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