I opened up D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones' book on spiritual depression, and the first thing I saw was Psalm 42:5: "Why art thou cast down, O my soul? And why art thou disquieted in me? Hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise Him for the help of His countenance."
This kind of hit home, because I had literally been sitting there in church twenty minutes earlier, fretting about my college choices. What major do I actually choose? Music, science, pre-med, or psychology? What kind of music major? Should I even be pursuing college? Or should I be pursuing this college?
So when I read that in the book, I closed it and started writing this instead.
We worry about our options way too much. We drive ourselves crazy over the simplest choices. Sometimes I wish there were less options in this world. I wish I knew what the right choice was. I want to honor God, but sometimes, I don't know which path will honor Him. Sometimes I feel like any of the doors open to me would be honoring Him.
And I bet you feel that too.
You know what worry is? It's a lack of trust in God. It's a reliance in ourselves. It is us trying to twist circumstances under our own control.
We were staying with a Bible Bee family recently, and I found myself talking with the mom in the kitchen one evening. She has sent two off to college so far, and something that she told me that was so encouraging was, "God isn't going to let you take the wrong path if you are trying to honor Him. He'll make it clear where you are supposed to go. He won't let you do something that you're not supposed to."
Proverbs 16:9 says, "A man's heart plans his ways, but the Lord directs his steps." That's something that we've seen true in our family for generations. And it's a bit of a comfort to the flighty person like me.
You can have the best-laid plans, an ambitious but realistic future. You can have your whole life figured out to a 't' - but God can change it in an instant.
Whatever crossroads you are standing at now, be encouraged that, while there might be a couple of right roads to choose from, God will close the doors to the wrong roads. He will guide you to the right place.
So, while you have the responsibility of making wise choices, you also have the comfort that if you are consulting God over it and your goal is to please Him, He will help you make the right choices for your life.
Trust Him and press on!