Have you ever lost your way? Not geographically, but mentally and emotionally. Have you ever needed help with a decision, but just didn’t know how to discern the right thing to do? You are not alone!
While eating fresh strawberries on cream of buckwheat for breakfast, my head hazed like a cloud and my chest tensed with anxiety. I debated whether I go to the gym or start a writing project. It seemed silly to have such a dilemma about a small decision. I asked the Lord, “I need Your help to guide me in Your plans.”
In front of me at the table sat my verse of the day calendar. I read Psalm 32:8 (NKJV), “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you.” What timing! I really needed God’s help and this was a perfect verse for me to ponder.
Maybe you are in a situation right now where you need wisdom and direction. What is your habit when you need guidance? Do you ask a spouse or friend for help? Do you look to the internet? Do you look to the truth found in the word of God? What is your area of need? Is it in a relationship? Health? Parenting? Job? A decision about the future?
In the above verse, God tells us He will ‘instruct’ or give us insight into a matter. He will ‘teach’ or instruct us in a direction, and He will ‘counsel’ by giving us advice. God will even ‘watch’ over us. He can do that through prayer, His word, through godly people, or circumstances that align with His truth.
Whatever you need right now, ask God what kind of help you need specifically.
Maybe you need doctors to have skill while they work. Perhaps you need wisdom in purchasing an item. It could be you need appropriate words to communicate after a conflict with a family member. Maybe you need discernment between two options.
Later that day, I had the idea (and I believe this was from the Lord) to round up all of the journals I’ve written in. Two dilapidated boxes in my closet bore stacks of spiral and hardback journals I had bought or been given as gifts from family and friends. I found a few hiding in a hutch and my desk. Memories of my bf from high school, a roommate from college, and early days of marriage came flooding back as I sprawled on my bedroom floor and organized the worn out books.
My attic closet held two empty plastic storage bins I lugged down the stairs. Back in my room, as I pushed down the lid of the first bin, I noticed it wasn’t closing well so I lifted the lid to rearrange the contents. I reached in and found my beloved children’s bible with its dark green cover and a picture of Jesus tenderly holding a lamb in His arms. My heart reminisced with joy thinking on how God led me as a young follower.
I flipped through the pages and saw a small piece of paper and a card. I opened the paper and to my amazement, I read the name of a person with whom I had recently communicated. The card had a message saying God’s timing is perfect, follow Him. My thoughts raced at this clear and distinct message from God! I had been asking for discernment and direction not only for that given day but also how to handle another situation for which I needed direction. How sovereign the Lord is to have answered my prayer using the contents of a bible in my journal box I hadn’t looked at in years.
If you are in a place of vulnerability, remember that God’s timing is perfect and His answers are true and real. At times, we do have to wait. Wait on the Lord and put your hope in Him. And when He answers your prayer, your faith will grow deeper for the next time you need God’s direction.
Lynne Head has a private counseling practice in North Carolina and counsels with her mission, World Team. She served church planting in Paris from 1997-2002. Lynne is a mother of two adult daughters, a son in heaven, and grandmother of six. She enjoys exercise, writing, gluten-free baking, and doing life with her husband of 30 years.