When You Have a Choice to Make

And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left. (Isaiah 30:21) 
 
According to recent statistics, I made 5,000 decisions today. Seriously? 
 
Well, I made a decision to get out of bed. I made a choice to put on my tennis shoes and run at 6 a.m. 
 
I chose peanut butter Cheerios over oatmeal. I decided which bills to pay. What to make for dinner. Whether to answer a phone call. Which clothes to wear. Whether the plants needed watering or if they could wait another day. I chose to fill up the small car instead of the gas-guzzler. 
 
I may have made more than 5,000 decisions today! 
 
Some of our everyday choices are random, others weighty, but many of our decisions are choice points. Choice points are seemingly insignificant decisions yet they lead us in one direction or another. 
 
I choose whether to react in anger, or respond with understanding to my husband. 
 
I choose whether or not to create drama with a friend who hurt my feelings. 
 
I choose time with my Heavenly Father, or push that time to another day … again. 
 
I choose whether or not to say those words that cause my child pain. 
 
Recently I was on a mission trip and the team was exhausted after nearly six days of intense travel. We had missed a train and stood on the platform in the moonlight. It was nearing midnight and cold and wet. Our next ministry event was early in the morning. 
 
The coordinator walked over. “I’m so sorry,” she said. “I didn’t mean for it to work out this way.” 
 
There I stood with a choice to make. 
 
I could share my frustration. I could explain that my sleep tank was on empty. I could say nothing, while sighing with a martyred expression. Or I could choose to override my fatigued irritation and be gracious. 
 
As she waited for my reply, a gentle voice softly spoke to my heart: “This is the way, walk in it” (Isaiah 30:21). 
 
I knew it was definitely the leading of the Holy Spirit, just as Scripture promised. Yes, I was exhausted, but I reminded myself what a privilege it was to be there. Ease and comfort were not readily available to Jesus, and losing a little sleep was nothing in comparison to anything He went through. The Holy Spirit nudged me to recognize that everyone around me was just as tired as I was. He led me in the way to respond. 
 
“I’m fine,” I said. “In fact it’s been an amazing day and I can’t wait to see what God does tomorrow.” 
 
She grabbed me and pulled me in a huge hug. “Thank you, Suz.” 
 
I wish I could say I handle every choice I have to make that way, but sometimes I fail and gripe, nit-pick, am critical and grouchy. It’s my prayer that I’ll remember how much my choices matter. You see, they don’t just affect me; they affect those within the vicinity of my decisions. 
 
In the 5,000 decisions you make today, take a moment to pause before deciding. Ask the Holy Spirit for His guidance and counsel. And choose to follow as He leads the way. 
 
Dear Lord, I sometimes feel overwhelmed by all my choices, and it makes me cranky. Today as I make my 5000 decisions, walk with me, remind me of how my choices affect others and help me follow Your Holy Spirit. In Jesus’ Name, Amen. 
 
When I woke this morning I was greeted with Psalm 46:10, today’s reading, then as I was praying and searching for a devotion to share today The Lord dropped this devotion in my path. What a beautiful devotion, full of truth. I pray it encourages you today, in the moments when you feel overwhelmed and maybe even a little cranky to be still and look to The the Holy Spirit for guidance and council and allow Him to lead the way. Remember, your choices affect others. What choices will you choose to make today? Wow! I needed this today. 
 
Have a beautiful and uplifting day in The Lord! 
 
Today’s Reading is Psalm 46:10


Walking God’s Way

And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left. (Isaiah 30:21) 
 
“We’re going this way,” I said as I touched my son’s shoulder and redirected him through the crowd to follow his mom and sisters in front of us. I’d done this more often as the day wore on at the amusement park our family was visiting. He was getting tired and more easily distracted. Why can’t he just follow them? I wondered. 
 
Then it hit me: How often do I do exactly the same thing? How often do I veer from obediently walking with God, enchanted by the temptations to pursue what I want instead of seeking His ways? 
 
Think of Isaiah’s words from God for Israel: “Thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left” (Isaiah 30:21). Earlier in that chapter, God had rebuked His people for their rebelliousness. But if they would trust His strength instead of their own ways (v. 15), He promised to show His graciousness and compassion (v. 18). 
 
One expression of God’s graciousness is His promise to guide us by His Spirit. That happens as we talk to Him about our desires and ask in prayer what He has for us. I’m thankful God patiently directs us, day-by-day, step-by-step, as we trust Him and listen for His voice. 
 
Father, You’ve promised to guide us through the ups and downs and decisions we face in life. Help us to trust and follow You, and to actively listen for Your guiding voice. Amen. 
 
As I was preparing to post a devotion for today  I thought I had what I wanted to post but I quickly realized it wasn’t what God intended for today. I deleted what I had planned to post and went back to the drawing board, aka His word and I chose to be still and wait for His guidance and within moments He directed me to this devotion. It couldn’t have been more appropriate for what I needed to hear today and my prayer is this devotion touches someone in such a way that they find peace in there situation. Trust Him today, be still and listen for His voice and remember Isaiah 55:8-9, For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. 
 
Have a beautiful and uplifting day in The Lord! 
 
Today’s Reading is Psalms 119:11