Saturday 9th December

“And when you turn to the right, or when you turn to the left, you ears shall hear a word behind you saying, “This is the way; walk in it.” Isaiah 30:21-22

What a wonderful thought. That God whispers in our ear throughout life, telling us which path to take.

Part of me wants to be cynical and wonder whether this is always the case, after all, how many times have I found myself asking “O God, what do I do now?”

There are a few things I have learned. Sometimes when I stand at a junction in life, I am flustered and busy. There are decisions which need to made quickly, but often I can step off the road and look at the various options ahead.

Another is that, for me, God whispers and I can be very noisy, especially when I am impatient for an answer. I have to return to that center-point of calm and rediscover joy before I can hear clearly.

Thirdly, and this is one which I think most of us rarely expect, there are times when God allows us to choose. There is not always good or bad, but there is different.

Discerning a path is sometimes very easy and sometimes extremely difficult. Letting go of the obvious and opting for the difficult is sometimes our calling but not always.

God’s answer to our question “Where do I go next” may be “This is the path, or these are your choices,” either way we have to listen for God’s voice.

Lord, I make decisions each day. Sometimes they are hard, sometimes easy. In all of them allow me to pause to listen. Allow me to see the places where your blessing lies and to understand that, sometimes, there is no bad choice. Amen.