I went snow skiing for the first time when I was twenty-two. Wanting to be frugal, I bought a multi-day pass. The first day the wind was fierce, the sky cloudy, and the slopes icy. I slid and fell more than I skied. I left terrified to return.
That night I wrestled with what to do. Most of the women were going shopping the next day. Did I waste my pass and go with them? Or did I return to the icy slopes?
The Scripture says God counsels us in our sleep. That night “For He will give His angels charge concerning you, to guard you in all your ways. They will bear you up in their hands, that you do not strike your foot against a stone.” (Psalm 91:11-12, NASB) played through my mind as I slept. I woke up assured I was to face my fears and hit the slopes.
I stepped outside to blue skies and several inches of fresh powder—no fierce wind, just breathtaking beauty. At the top of each run I prayed Psalm 91:11-12. That day I discovered the joy of controlled skiing.
If I’d given into my fears and left with my bad experience I’d have missed those delights and hated skiing.
How did I know to return to the slopes?
Psalm 91:15 continues, “He will call upon Me, and I will answer him.” Because I asked God what to do I believe He played that verse through my subconscious as I slept.
Faith is not passive. God wants us to engage with Him. We ask; He answers.
God’s promises are sprinkled through Scripture for His children. But only He can tell us which ones are ours to claim for this day. He could have led me another way. I needed His wisdom.
When we bring our requests to Him, He can change our hearts. I went from dreading skiing to knowing I was supposed to go. I left loving skiing.
Only God knows the future. He knew the slopes and my experience would be different.
Faith engages with God and trusts Him to answer.
Sometimes all we get is a glimmer of indication on which path to choose. Proverbs 4:18 (NASB) says “But the path of the righteous is like the light of dawn, that shines brighter and brighter until the full day.” As we start in the direction we sense we should go, the path will unfold. Step out and trust the light to become clearer.
What have you learned about trusting God in everyday decisions?
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Deborah W. Wilson
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