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I call on you, my God, for you will answer me; turn your ear to me and hear my prayer. – Psalm 17:6 NIV
Years ago I owned and operated a faux floral business out of our home. I loved designing floral arrangements, but there were flowers everywhere—and they were taking over our house! The clutter was stressing everyone—especially me. In addition to the disarray it was causing, I couldn’t shake the feeling that my business was hindering me from activities in which I knew God wanted me to participate.
I felt like I couldn’t get away from my work. It was clear some changes needed to happen, but what?
Renting a studio space, building a studio in the back yard or looking for another home that already had an area for a studio would allow me to escape my workspace at an additional cost, but I wasn’t sure if I wanted to invest the money. None of these options, however, gave me the time to do the things I felt God leading to do. Was God was putting it on my heart to give up the business so that I would have more time to serve Him in ministry?
For weeks I wrestled over this situation. I pondered it so much that I felt my head would burst from trying to figure it out. Every time I looked at the flowers around me I felt pressured to make a decision. Their pretty blossoms were a reminder of the choice I needed to make. I didn’t know what to do; should I continue with my business or let it go?
More often than not if I’m having a hard time making a decision, it’s because I haven’t paused long enough to ask God for wisdom on what to do. I know that God will answer me when I call on Him just as the Psalmist mentions in Psalm 17:6, yet I quickly forget to seek his will about the situation when I’m stressed.
In Philippians 4:6-7 Paul reminds us that when we bring our petitions to the Lord, his peace guards our hearts and minds in Christ. When I finally sought the Lord for wisdom, I didn’t immediately get an answer, but it did quiet my restless heart and anxious thoughts. And eventually, after some time had passed, God showed me what to do.
God will provide us with the wisdom, peace, and strength that we need to make the right choice if we ask Him. The answers we seek may not come instantaneously, but eventually, God will lead us to make the right decision.
Lord, you are a good and wise God. Thank you that I can come to you when I need wisdom and clarity. Help me to remember to seek you first when I’m looking for answers. In Jesus’ name Amen.