There are times in your life when you have to make choices. Some choices we make are easier than others. Chocolate or vanilla? Well, chocolate, of course! That one is easy, but other choices we have to make in life are not so clear-cut. Some require quite a bit of thought, research, prayer and time.
I was faced with making a choice this last week. I wasn’t expecting to have to make it. It came up all of a sudden like they do sometimes. I didn’t have a lot of time to make my decision; it was more one of those split second decisions we often later regret.
I had decided to take my youngest son and his friend to my parent’s farm for the day. My dad likes to take his younger grandchildren for rides on the farm tractor. When they are just a bit older he will let them drive it through the pastures and down to the small lake on the property. This was what my son and his friend were most looking forward to. Boys and tractors. Yep.
So the three of them climbed aboard the tractor, while I opted to walk to the lake on my own. It’s not that far, and I could make it there in the same amount of time it would take them to drive it on the tractor. My dad doesn’t let them drive it too fast for fear they will drive it right through a fence or sling off a passenger. Plus, the route they were taking was the “long way”. I could cut right through the pasture, stepping carefully, and meet them at the lake.
I forgot one important detail. I forgot that when the cows on the farm hear the tractor coming, they think it means they are in for a treat of sweet corn. And they come running. I heard them mooing before I saw them coming up and over the rise in the pasture. Leading the charge for the sweet delight of corn was the large bull who weighs in at right around 2500 pounds. You wouldn’t think that 2500 pounds could travel that quickly.
It was about that time they saw me. They stopped short and had to decide if I had the treat, or if the tractor did. They decided that maybe I did, and headed then for me.
I. Had. No. Treat.
In that moment I had a decision to make, too. I could stand there and let the bull and cows find out up close and personal that I had no treat, or I could run to the tractor and climb up to safety.
Since I weigh considerably less than 2500 pounds, I made a running break for the tractor. After about ten short steps I remembered that I can’t run. Well, I CAN run, I just shouldn’t. After 45 years of use of my bladder and four pregnancies… I leak. Sneezes must be handled with care, even. Running without a diaper is asking for a mess.
Thankfully, my dad had seen my predicament, and had stopped the tractor to wait for me. I made it, walking the rest of the way, just in time to beat the hungry mob. I just had to air dry for a while. TMI?
I have since made another choice. I’m going to get that bladder issue fixed. One never knows when one might be faced with running from a hungry mob of cattle, or whatever.
Most of our life decisions don’t have to be made on the fly like that one did. Most of the time we have time to seek wise counsel, pray, and weigh our options. My daughter, Laura, was recently trying to make her own mind up about something. She laid out her options before me and we talked about it. Then she said something that made my heart smile. She told me that when faced with a decision, she has been taught to go to her spiritual mentors for their advice, to pray, and to wait on the Lord to direct her. She said she was going to do that.
My daughter is fourteen. If she were to do this with all of her life decisions, the sky is the limit for the things she can accomplish in her life.
The Bible tells us,
“Without counsel plans fail, but with many advisers they succeed.” (Proverbs 15:22)
“Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these other things shall be added to you.” (Matthew 6:33)
“Acknowledge him and he will direct your paths.” (Proverbs 3:6)
Are you faced with a decision today? Take some advice from a fourteen-year-old girl. Seek wisdom from your spiritual mentors. Go to that giant in the faith, and find out what they think. Then take it to the Lord in prayer. Then wait.
Your answer will come, and it will be the right one. Not always the easy one, but the right one.