Each of us has to make hundreds of choices every day. Some important, some not so important. The first one is probably when the alarm goes off. Will I get up or will I hit the snooze button and stay in bed for a bit? Five minutes later I face that exact same choice.
Staying in bed five minutes longer is not going to have such a major impact on what my day is going to look like. Except if I’m “stealing” time from my quiet time with God. Then it could have a huge impact on the day ahead.
You see, we need help with the choices we have to make and here in our quiet time we collect the strength and wisdom that will help us make all these choices. We need wisdom to choose how to respond to an unexpected curve ball coming our way.
These balls are part of life and appear whenever they want to at times when you least expect it.
After lockdown I went to fetch my daughter who had been visiting her boyfriend on a farm in the Free State. So, how can you visit a farm and not take aim at one of the buck hiding in the hills.
It was Sunday afternoon, and, yes, the first mistake might have been to go and get a feel for the rifle on a Sunday afternoon. But anyway, in the process of setting up the target, we noticed what must have been a hundred springbuck in the veld. We crept up on them, but they quickly caught wind of us and left.
Then we saw rhebok and the hunting fever got a proper hold of us. We softly approached them, but after finding out that there was something wrong with the trigger, we had to take the long trek back to the bakkie.
O yes, we had to take a shot to get used to the rifle.
It was so dark that we had to light up the target with a cell phone. I struggled to see the target through the sight. Eventually, I sighted the target, and took a shot. But what a mess! I was so angry!
Blood streamed down my face. It took a while, but then I realised what had happened. I was too close to the sight and did not hold the rifle tightly enough, ending up with a lump between my eyes.
Why am I telling this story? Because I could choose how to react in that moment of pain. I could have shouted a swear word or more into the dusky evening, or said nothing at all. I am grateful that I was able not to say anything at all.
This may be a simple story, but we have to choose between right and wrong every day. Big ones and small ones. Important ones and trivial ones. At one of the big ones, the Israelites chose the wrong one: 2We received the same promises as those people in the wilderness, but the promises didn’t do them a bit of good because they didn’t receive the promises with faith.
Let’s make sure that we choose the right one and respond correctly every time.
What do your choices look like?
What have you heard?
What must you do?
Father, thank you for the privilege of having a choice. But it’s not so easy to make the right choice. Please help me, Lord, to choose what is within your will and will keep others safe. In Jesus’ Name, amen.