From Pauses for Pentecost
The Lord will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame.
Each day we make decisions. Sometimes they are big ones involving careers, business options, significant relationships, and finances. Then we make smaller ones about how we need to spend our time, what we pay attention to now, or what we leave for another day. Every choice we make gets written into the textures of our lives forever. We become who we are through the decisions we make or don’t make. So we ask questions: How do we make decisions in tune with God’s heart for us? How does the Lord guide us? How do we know that the Lord is guiding us?
Generally speaking, we know what the Lord wants for our lives. We all know that God wants us to love, to be honest, to serve others, and to do as much good as we are able to do. However, we still need to know how best to do these things within our everyday encounters and events. Thankfully, we are not left to work this out alone. An important part of the work of the Holy Spirit is to guide us in the Lord’s way as we make decisions each day. This has been the testimony of Easter people throughout the ages, from the early church described in the book of Acts to the present day.
Here is the invitation: Are we willing to entrust each day, with all its decisions, to the inner guidance of the Spirit in our lives? In our hectic lives we are prone to live on autopilot without any conscious consultation with the Holy Spirit. While the Spirit is not going to give us a computer printout with exactly what to do in every decision we face, consulting the Spirit in prayer gives our divine Friend access to shine light on the next step we may need to take. More often than not, this inner guidance resembles Christ-like thought, and a deep sense of God’s peace accompanies it. As my spiritual director often says to me, “The Lord always leads us in peace.”
Talk with the Lord about a decision you are presently facing. Think about your different options. On which option does the peace of the Lord rest most powerfully?