Undoubtedly, we have all been in a situation one time or another when we had to make a hard decision. Whether it be where to go to school for 4 years, where to move after graduation, or who to be with amidst it all, there are big decisions to make at every corner of our lives.
For me, I pray for certainty often and pray even harder when I’m facing what feels like is a life-altering decision.
Let’s face it… I just want to know what to do.
I want to hear God say out loud, “This is the direction I want you to go” or “Yes, you’re making the right call here” and I want to be sure I’m following His direction in every step of my life.
Sometimes, without that reassurance of where Jesus wants us to be, we can stay stuck in place for far too long. And I don’t just mean a physical place. I mean a spiritual rut, an emotional seize, in a relationship way longer than we needed to be- the list goes on.
But in it all, I believe the greater loss is when we quit too soon and decide enough is enough before we really give something our full attention and faith. Then, can we live with this nagging sense of “What if?”
What if I’d just stayed put?
What if I’d given him one more chance?
What if I just didn’t go there?
Knowing when to stay on course and when to press the brakes is a crucial life lesson that I want to learn well. One that I want to soak in from Jesus.
It seems to be that the more I grapple with making a decision on my own, the less assured I am with how to approach my next step. But here is the best part, there is no reason for us to be confused or tired. There is a place we can go for peace, reassurance, and rest.
Matthew 11:28 says “Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”
For me, this is one of those verses that stays bookmarked and highlighted in every bible I have. It serves as a peaceful reminder of how I don’t have to face fears, doubts, or decisions on my own.
But in the spirit of full transparency, it’s not all the time that this verse helps ease the tribulations of my heart. There are other times I want to yell at God, “I DON’T WANT REST! I want ANSWERS.” This frustration is rooted in that fact at how easy it is to be weighed down daily by decisions we have to make.
Like me, I’m sure many of you feel the pressure of not wanting to mess up, disappoint, or most importantly, miss a cue or direction from God.
But the rest Jesus offers to us is no secret potion or dose of melatonin to help you sleep. The rest Jesus shares and fills our hearts with is peaceful hope.
What I believe Jesus is saying is, if you come to Him, He will take your exhaustion, uncertainty, and frustration and turn it into a calm, expectant season.
I realize persevering through a season of life without answers is not easy. I’ve seen in my own life how our anxieties and fear can manifest and debilitate our hope. But I have also seen that in an act of selfless humility, we can throw our hands up and make the decision to let God figure it out for us.
Pray for direction. Pray for Jesus to show you how to trust in Him. Pray for Jesus to show up in ways that may not be His voice, but others. You do your part, and Jesus will do His.
Most importantly, remember that God is really good at being God. Let him sort it out for you, friend.
Abby Pereira was raised in Ocala, FL and sought after a degree in Communication (hey, writing skills!) at the University of South Florida in Tampa where she graduated in 2016. After college, she ventured to figure out where “home” would become and it ended up being right back where she started in Ocala. Today, she works at the University of Florida for the College of Public Health & Health Professions as a Human Resources Generalist where she’s found her niche in supporting people in every aspect of their careers. She’s passionate about Jesus, traveling the world with her Fiance, and decorating her first home.
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