Her Choices Aren’t Mine to Make

Do you have more questions than answers?

When the result doesn’t play out like I hoped, I find my questions don’t have easy answers. So, I stop myself, for the ‘real answer’ is not about what I can do. Or didn’t do. It’s about what God can do. And is doing.

He’s sovereign, and His ways are higher than mine. His thoughts are too. He brings strength and power and holiness to the equation. He brings peace like a river to rough waters. He sustains when plans change. He is our refuge. He is God!

My “perceived victories” for others and myself always come up short, compared to what Christ does in a life and heart. He doesn’t need my help or input. He must get tired of my getting in the way. Thus, I seek His forgiveness.

Answers are Over my Head

Tonight, I am pondering a homeless friend’s choices and it’s obvious her plan is different from mine. Who knows, her choice may be God’s will for her journey, and if not, He can guide her through this season.

Yes, her reasoning does confound me, and I need to pause and trust God in this matter. I need to stop trying to figure it all out. I need to let Him simply do what He does best—for He’s God! He can do anything!

However, I know this, she and I are connected at the heart! And our friendship will endure! No matter where she lives! No matter what choices unfold!

I Don’t Have to Know, I Need to Trust

I’m reminded that God comes and sit with us. And that He enables us to enjoy the pleasures of His presence. He doesn’t bring any old message either, He brings a message of hope, a message of joy.

He says, “I’m going to never leave you, nor forsake you. And I’m going to give you new eyes and I’m going to give you great faith and I’m going to give you renewed purpose.”

He loves us where we’re at, but He’s not going to leave us there. He is for us, not against us. We may think we’re hiding from Him, but He meets us. On the street. In a camp. Or in the shadows. Or in our home. Or car. Or work place. He’s all about encountering our hearts!

And we don’t necessarily see our problems removed either, but rather, we just might see the gift of God’s presence with us, as we go through our trials and tribulations. One of the greatest joys we can know is that He calls us ‘friend.’ That we belong to Him.

Crawl into the Lap of the One Who Knows

So, on nights when I don’t have the answers, I let God have my questions. And then, I crawl into His lap once again, and place my head on His shoulder. And He whispers, “It is well with your friend. I have her. She’s my child, too. I will never leave her. Nor forsake her.”

And then, He wipes a tear from my cheek, as I find rest for my soul.

And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28 ESV)

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  1. Dear Sweet Pam!…your words are some I could have written my self as I tend to be a “fixer”. You remind me that God’s Plans are not mine, no matter how I try to even “fix” it for Him! Thanks be to Him that He is full of so much Grace…thank you for the nudge to let Him do his Work and praise him for having a lap big enough to hold all us children and remind us He is Enough. Love you!