Thursday, April 15, 2010

Decisions, decisions...

I recently read an excerpt from Russell Moore's book, Adopted for Life. This passage stuck with me, and over the last 10 days since I first stumbed across it, I have re-read it several times.

One’s life story is typically made up of little decisions. Think about how different your life would be now if you hadn’t make a decision, maybe one that came to you in a matter of seconds. Think about all the decisions made for you – decisions that you probably never noticed or thought about – decisions that have formed who you are and what you’re doing. If your grandfather hadn’t noticed that girl at the picnic or if he’d been too shy to say anything to her, you wouldn’t exist. All of human history is like that. Providence moves forward mysteriously as God works through billions of seemingly inconsequential decisions. “If one Egyptian tailor hadn’t cheated on the threads of Joseph’s mantle, Potiphar’s wife would never had been able to tear it, present it as evidence to Potiphar that Joseph attacked her, gotten him thrown in prison, and let him be in a position to interpret Pharaoh’s dream, win his confidence, advise him to store seven years of grain, and save his family, the seventy original Jews from whom Jesus came", apologist Peter Kreeft writes. “We owe our salvation to a cheap Egyptian tailor”.

Jermaine and I have never been real good at making decisions. We have a bad track record. We let our 2nd child leave the hospital without a name, then changed it...twice. We hem and haw over things until fatigue sets in and we throw our hands up in the air and say "whatever!". We pray and seek guidance from the Lord and then sit paralized until He forces His will on us.

However, I rest in knowing that no matter where we are, we aren't out of God's sight. He's got us. Good decision, bad decision, or no decision - we're in His almighty hands. Romans 8:28 tells me that "in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose." I tend to believe that.

1 comment:

Shannon- said...

LOVE this post. thank you Erin. And oh-- HAA HAHA that cracks me up you couldn't decide on a name. T's been home 3 months... still can't figure out what to make his official name! Hee hee