Last night, in a post barre-fitness class endorphin haze, I leisurely strolled through the isles of a local grocery shop. It wasn't until a neighboring customer approached me in front of the coffee creamer selection to comment that, "they're all bad for you," that I snapped out of the daze. I realized, as I was standing there, appearing to be contemplating which coffee creamer to purchase, I was actually in deep debate over much more meaningful matters. I also then remembered that I usually drink my coffee black, anyway.
It seems like these days we are flooded with more decisions to make than ever, because we have more options than ever. From which products to buy to which foods to eat, from how we spend our free time to the music we listen to, from which job to take to which city to live in, and from who we befriend to who we marry. The list goes on and on. I wonder if our brains were even ever wired to work this way, deciding among a surplus of options each and every day.
Recently, a friend told me that her husband was offered a new job in a new city. They had already moved only a few short months ago, they have a two year old, and a relocation would be a big move for them if he accepts. I think in situations like these, those "big life" changes, it is often too easy to say, "Oh, do what makes you happy!" or to bluntly weigh the pros and cons. Of course, we should take somewhat of a practical approach to making big decisions... but some other part of me is always seeking something more. When faced with a big decision, I find that I look for inexplainable signs, small coincidences, and impossible to ignore recurrences to shed some light upon the path of the right direction to take.
Of course, many would argue that those coincidences are just that- purely coincidences of chance, and certainly not some divine message. But in my life, I have seen and felt too many of these remarkable synchronicities to not pay attention. I also know, though, that whatever we believe we are being led to do, God's word through scripture is the determining filter.
I desperately want to follow God's will in and through my life. While His word doesn't always give us the specifics as to what to do or where to go, I know that as long as I am earnestly and fullheartedly seeking His will and pursuing His glory, I will be nourished with the peace of knowing that He is in control of my circumstances, in the end. It is in that promise that every tough decision is made pliable.