Today I want to talk about those moments in your life where life takes you to a fork in the road. I specifically want to talk about the forks in the road that leave you broken hearted either way you go. The kind where you beg God for a third option, a less painful option, but realize as your praying for this third option, God is saying, “Not this time.”
So what do we do in this situation? I think that as we touch on these forks in our roads we also need to talk about God’s presence during these times. I have known some of these forks before, and the truth is, sometimes I do feel God’s presence more keen, but there are times that I don’t. It is hardest to make the right choice when your feelings don’t feel God, but I’ve come to believe strongly that these forks in our road are the times God tucks us into His Heart more than any other time. When we don’t actually feel Him, it is in those times that the shield of faith is oh so important.
Now I want to talk about the decision. Which way to go? Prayer in the situation is fundamentally important. It is through contact with God that we begin to see which road, no matter how painful it might be, is the right one to take. If we abandon prayer and seek to make these crossroad decisions with logic or with emotion, we will invariably make the wrong choice.
Looking back at my many crossroads, I see a few things that have become extremely clear to me. One we’ve already talked about: God never leaves us. Another is the wisdom God hands out freely to those who ask for it. The final one is that God does not push you in any one direction. You have to make the choice and take the first step yourself. God did not make us to be robots. He has given us free choice. While one way is the right way and one way is the wrong way, God will not make you decide the correct one. He always gives us a choice.
On the same subject, though, is another fundamental truth. After and while you make your choice, no matter if it’s good or bad, our God does not leave. Sure, if we make the bad choice it will be extremely painful in the end. The glorious truth is that he holds us when we make the right choice and he puts limits around the consequences if we make the wrong choice. One of those limits is that He does not abandon us.
There’s no such thing as “God won’t give you more than you can handle.” He does do that in this crossroad scenario. However, this is the real truth right here: God can handle anything. Truth: “God won’t give you more than He can handle.” So, my Dear Sister and my Dear Brother, lean on our great God and take a step into your road. God is there.