I’ve always had a difficult time making difficult decisions. Typically, I’d think through the reasons that led me to want to make a decision in the first place, I’d present these reasons to my close friends and family, I’d pray, and often times find myself in the same situation that I started off in. After all of the effort that I just mentioned (for one single decision), I’d excessively think about it over and over to a point where I’d often unravel all of my reasons that led me to wanting to make the decision in the first place. I’m an over thinker.
If you look back to what I said in the first paragraph, I realized that I had the whole order wrong. Notice I said that I would start of with MY reasons when I should have started off with a prayer to God.
“For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future” (Jeremiah 29:11).
What I didn’t realize at the time is that I propositioned my reasons for a decision that I wanted to make to God instead of trusting God to lead me to make the right decision. I even spoke to my family and friends before praying as if rallying a team of people to support my decision was more significant than God helping me to make a decision in the first place.
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God” (Philippians 4:6).
I’ve learned to start with prayer. Once I present my requests to God, I now have faith that He’ll lead me to make the right decision or to simply work it out on my behalf. Here’s where I continued to lack in my prayer life, I learned that it’s not enough to just pray. It’s not even enough to have faith. I’d never sat in silence after prayer. What I mean is, I’d say my prayer and continue to move on with the busyness of my day. I never realized the significance of simply being still after prayer until now. There’s something so sweet in sitting still after prayer. There’s an opportunity for me to hear God in my stillness. There’s room for me hear His voice in the midst of the quietness.
Prayer isn’t a one-way conversation where God just simply hears me but it’s more important that I listen to Him but I can’t hear Him if I’m always busy moving. I have to be still. God already has the answers. He already knows but if I can just be still enough to hear Him, I’ll receive what I need through prayer and be able to confidently walk in the calling that God has for my life.
So I encourage you to be still. Simply, be still. Even after you’ve prayed, put your faith in God, and have sat in stillness with God, then you have to wait. The beauty in waiting is knowing that it’s going to happen. The difficulty of waiting is being patient for your turn. I’m learning as I travel throughout life’s journey, that being still and waiting on God are paramount. What are you looking for God to do in your life? Have you been still enough to hear Him? God bless you on your journey!