If you are reading this post right now, you have a few options: read it in its entirety, skim it, like it without reading it, leaving a comment, or coming back to it later. No matter what you decide, you definitely have options — not just with regard to this post, but in all areas of your life. I try to remember when someone offers me something that I always have options, and I do my best to choose wisely.
This past week I felt closer to God because of a dilemma I was dealing with that I couldn’t bother to share with anyone but him. It wasn’t one of those life-changing issues that would require a visit to your pastor for advice or a long talk with your mom to make things all better. It was more like being at a traffic light behind a guy who had been driving erratically — playing loud music and bobbing and weaving — literally. Then when the light turns green, he just sits there looking at you in his rear view mirror daring you to move instead of driving. Remember that you have options.
- You could wait patiently until he moves so that you can be on your merry way.
- You could Mean Mug him and make other gestures to get him to move.
- You might even obnoxiously honk your horn as motivation to move.
The bottom line is that you have options. The first option is probably your safest bet. So what if you miss the light since he decided to dart through the intersection at the last second? There needs to be a little space between you, your emotions, and the knucklehead in front of you anyway. Making rude gestures or honking your horn might infuriate the aforementioned knucklehead, leading to an exchange you hadn’t anticipated. Remember that you always have options, so choose wisely.
My dilemma made me angry, and I let the sun go down on my anger for three days. I was stubborn on day one, pointing fingers on day two, and emotionally exhausted on day three. On the following morning, I knelt to pray at 3:00 a.m. as I do each day — thanking God for waking me up and protecting me while I slept. I also asked for his forgiveness for my bratty behavior over the course of three days. Finally, I asked for peace.
When I transitioned from my knees to the kitchen to grab my coffee and iPad, I was eager to open my Bible in a Year reading plan to see what God would reveal that day. These were the verses that were most prominent and so timely:
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. ~Matthew 5:9
Settle matters quickly with your adversary who is taking you to court. Do it while you are still together on the way, or your adversary may hand you over to the judge, and the judge may hand you over to the officer, and you may be thrown into prison. ~Matthew 5:25-26 (NIV)
But I say, if you are even angry with someone, you are subject to judgment! If you call someone an idiot, you are in danger of being brought before the court. ~ Matthew 5:22
Duly noted, Lord. Isn’t he funny and timely? Only when I decided to take this problem to him in prayer did I determine the right option to take. I chose to be a peacemaker and to settle matters quickly. The third option is similar to the third option in the initial scenario, and I definitely didn’t want to make matters worse. I’m so thankful to serve an on-time God who speaks to me in a language I understand.
Have you ever been faced with a problem for which the solution seems out of reach? How did you figure it out? I hope you avoided option three. Scroll down to the comments so we can chat about it.
Prayers for a peaceful day…may blessings abound! <3