Acting with confidence is not always automatic. On certain subjects, and in precise situations, everything moves quickly, smoothly, and with certainty. It is as if we know who we are, we understand the context for the decision, and we are confident we have marshaled the facts. If everything aligns, knowingly or even subconscious, I find myself making decisions with confidence. It doesn’t mean the decision is always right, just that I can make the call with poise and self-belief.
When it comes to relationship decisions, especially ones filled with uncertainty, questions, or emotions on one or both sides, poise, belief, and confidence are much more difficult to find and hold onto. It is as if my body, heart, and mind all know the truth of the situation. I’m not the only one. There are times when you can feel the problem when a musician, artist, or public speaker stands in front of you. You can sense whatever it is when friends are together. Whatever the fear, unknown, and uncertainty is, one can taste, smell, and sense it presence.
This is especially true when the relationship is a spirituality that exists outside of one’s immediate control. Is the God I know real? Is the God I know interested in the details of my life? Is the God I know engaging in my life in a way that makes a difference day-to-day, moment-to-moment?
Others have wondered about the same question. One answer came through natural events. “This, Hezekiah, will be your confirming sign: This year's crops will be slim pickings, and next year it won't be much better. But in three years, farming will be back to normal, with regular sowing and reaping, planting and harvesting. What's left of the people of Judah will put down roots and make a new start. The people left in Jerusalem will get moving again. Mount Zion survivors will take hold again. The zeal of God-of-the-Angel-Armies will do all this.” (Isaiah 37.30-32)
Be aware. There are answers and confirmations to your questions. We have a caring God, engaged, and walking with us.
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