Sometimes there is a lot more than expected when making a choice, even a seemingly simple decision.
Even as I write, I'm in the process of deciding whether or not to travel south for a business meeting. Where I live and where I'm going are both situated along the coast of the Pacific, but getting there involves a 50-minute ferry ride and an hour drive, including stretches of road through higher elevations.
The decision involves checking out the weather channel (will there be rain, snow or icy conditions), ferry schedules (what time does the first one leave one terminal and arrive at the other terminal) and the bus schedule. If I'm not comfortable driving, when does the bus leave and arrive?
I've chosen to head out based on personal observation, conversation with my colleague "down south," and information provided by various online websites.
I'm also in the process of making an even more difficult decision, one I basically must make by myself: is this the time to retire? If not, what do I eliminate from my schedule to make it less stressful? If it is, how many non-revenue generating commitments do I continue to maintain? In both these cases, I simply have to make up my mind and live with the consequences.
Day in and day out, life is made up of choices. Some of these decisions are of major importance, others are minor in comparison. Some are wise and others are anything but. In all things, knowing we can trust God to direct our steps makes the important difference.
"Who is the man who reverently fears and worships the Lord? Him shall He teach in the way that he should choose." (Psalm 25:12-Amplified)
"I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye." (Psalm 32:8 - NKJ)