Making decisions can be very hard, especially when it comes to our health. Over the years I have learned to pray about decisions, especially big decisions. I have also learned to listen for the answers to those prayers. Sometimes the answers come through other people, sometimes through circumstances, and other times through intuition or direct revelation from God.
The year leading up to my colostomy, as I continued to waste away and grow weaker and weaker, I continually asked God for His wisdom and guidance and an answer to my deteriorating health. For the first time I seemed to get absolutely no response from God, no answer in any fashion whatsoever. Everything worked out eventually, and my health has improved since the surgery, but it took me aback that God did not seem to give me any help with my decision for surgery.
About a week ago, late one night during prayer, God gave me an answer, a simple one: It had to be my decision. I understood immediately what He meant. I had fought the decision to have a colostomy all along. I would not even consider it until I had no other choice and there was really no other option.
If God had pressured me, or anyone else for that matter, to have the surgery–I would have balked. I would have resisted, and probably went into the surgery and come out of it with resentment and without the attitude I needed to deal with the process.
When it was solely my decision to make, and when I made it, I went into the surgery with the attitude I needed to deal with everything involved in it.
God knows us better than we know ourselves. God gives us the tools, the wisdom, the insight and common sense to make correct decisions and follow the right path. Very often we need merely to make the decision to do what is difficult and challenging. But too often we resist doing the hard or difficult things that come into our path, and that difficult path may be the one we must decide to take.
Prayer: Dear Lord, help us to remember that even though You are with us, we must move our feet and take the steps that lead to a good outcome. Amen.
About The Author:
Karlton Douglas lives in Ohio with his lovely wife. He has Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and an Ostomy to deal with, yet God gives him the strength to live each day with hope and faith.