I remember when life was simple, so very simple. When the hardest decision set before me was which Lip Smacker flavor I should purchase. No matter how simplistic this thought feels decades later, at the time, it was a difficult decision. I wanted to make the right decision without having regret. I wanted to act independently, without asking my bestie her opinion. I wanted my determination to have long lasting and positive implications. I wanted to execute wisdom. I wanted to trust that my action was sound. What’s changed? Nothing, perhaps except the object.
Research tells us that the average adult makes about 35,000 decisions each day; with young children making about 3000. Most do not have long lasting consequences. We utilize out intellect, our past experience, our inner voice to move from thought to action. There are some decisions that I consult God about, and others that I deem myself knowledgeable enough to operate in my Olivia Pope and handle it. Yet, for me, even what I use to view as the simple, small things require consultation with the Master. For example, prior to developing a gluten allergy, I did not think twice about what to eat, particularly for breakfast. I was more committed to just having a bite of something and giving my body some fuel to begin the day. Now, I have to be more thoughtful, reading labels, recalling how my body reacted in the past with the same food choice, making certain that I don’t try anything “new’ first thing in the morning which may alter my entire day. Essentially, that one decision against the other 34,999 is critical. That being said, only God is privy to the ending of a thing; therefore, we must seek him in all that we do. We know that the Lord hears our voice in the morning and we may lay our requests before him (Psalm 5:3); and if we know that he hears us–whatever we ask–we know that we have what we asked of him (1 John 5:15). That equates with the simplicity of a lip smacker choice to whether to apply for a job, make a large purchase, end a relationship, or intervene when someone is hurting.
God never intended for us to make things bigger than him! As we expect and anticipate the move of God in our lives we are further instructed to not worry. “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition (there it is again), with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7). Notice the pattern? It’s prayer! It’s not that we won’t be faced with challenges, but it’s foolish to face them without seeking the face of God. The face, being his presence, which is always available to us. When we treat him in the vein of American Express, and never leave home without him, we are setting ourselves up for making the best possible decision whenever necessary. We won’t have to navigate the multiplicity alone. God is like the “all of the above” option on a test, when at least two options are seemingly similar enough to trip us up.
We were never told that life would be simple; particularly when we are attempting to live according to the principles of the Word of God. Yet, God is simple. He is not complicated. He is accessible. He is transparent. He is consistent. He is loving. He is free! When we expect that the Lord has the characteristic of being to provide wise counsel for all we desire, even the magnanimous experiences that we are confronted with become palatable to digest. It truly is simple. We mustn’t make it more difficult than God intended for it to be. As we practice giving God control over every area our lives, we can rest…in Him! We can experience the peace that passeth understanding, fully assured that He is working it out for our good.
I think I’ll try strawberry this time…