The warning signs are there. Choosing to ignore them does not chance the fact that treating signs of prediction as optional does not chance the probability of the prediction occurring. Last night was a classic example. Dark clouds came rolling down into the city. Lightening flashed for almost an hour while the humidity in the air grew. The air smelt, felt, and looked like rain. Even with all that, there were some who ignored the coming storm and went out without an umbrella.
At times each of us steps aside from our normal logical and rationale thinking process to seek help with a decision. We go to those we trust; parents, friends, and subject matter experts to solicit their views on the facts, logic, and possible decisions that we might make. In the end, the decision is ours to make. How many times have you sought help with a decision only to do exactly what you wanted to do in the very beginning? Are there any instances where you wanted to go through the process of getting help, but you knew with absolute certainty that your mind had already finalized the decision?
A man of experience noted that “the more wise counsel you follow, the better your chances.” (Proverbs 11.14) The key lies in following the counsel you seek. There are two aspects of this that I find most difficult.
First, do I actually hear what is being said instead of what I think they plan to say or I want them to say?
Second, am I listening with the intent of seriously considering what they have to say?
Yesterday, a friend asked a question. The dialogue that followed demonstrated the intent of his quest and the depth of his listening. I find myself reflecting with admiration, because his quest and intent are honest and true. It is difficult to draw the same conclusion about each of the choices before me today.
God is calling your name and mine. God is seeking a conversation with each of us. Each is personal and intimate. Are we listening?