Have you ever had a big decision to make and longed that God would send you something as tiny as a Post-it Note sharing His plan for your life?
I feel as if I have walked in need of a Post-it Note for years now, and so far one has not appeared.
I try not to talk a lot about how I struggle with big decisions.
I'm thinking you probably have enough big decisions in your own lives and hearing about mine may be more than you can bear.
So, rather than talking about me, I'll talk about David.
As I read about him hiding from Saul and traveling from one rocky ravine to another to find safety, I wonder if he ever stopped and asked God for some kind of sign.
Well, actually, I know he did.
The Bible doesn't say that he asked for Post-it note (I don't think they had those around yet), but he did ask for the ephod so that he could seek God's guidance about what he and his army should do after their town had been burned to the ground and their wives and children had been kidnapped.
After being gone for three days with his army, he came home to find total devastation.
He looked around and realized that because of him, all of the men who were following him had lost everything.
They were crying.
They were angry.
They had made a decision to follow David because they felt it was the right thing to do, and now they found themselves in the middle of a nightmare.
I love that in this critical moment in David's life, when he had to be wondering what in the world God's plan was for him and his men, the Bible says,
David was now in great danger
because all his men were very bitter
about losing their sons and daughters,
and they began to talk of stoning him.
But David found strength in the Lord.
(I Samuel 30:6)
I can almost hear the music swelling as David's head had to be spinning with fear, questions, doubt, anxiety..............
I am sure there was part of him that wanted to run from these men just like he had ran from Saul.
But he didn't.
He turned to God and asked, "What should we do?"
God told them to go get back what had been taken and what happens next just amazes me.
As they set out on their journey to regain their family, they stumbled upon a weak, starving Egyptian man in a field.
Now I'm just thinking that they had every reason to justify ignoring this man, justifying their actions with the knowledge that God has told them to go get back what they have lost not stop and take care of hungry Egyptians.
But they do.
They stop and give him bread to eat, water to drink, part of a fig cake, and two clusters of raisins.
The man regains his strength and Providentially is able to lead them straight to their missing family members and the enemies who had taken them.
What does any of this have to do with Post-it notes?
What does any of this have to do with making hard decisions?
For me, I sense that sometimes God sets us out on a journey but along the way, He places opportunities for us to minister.
If we are able to minister right where we are, then maybe, just maybe, those very moments of seemingly unconnected service lead us to the next step in God's plan for our lives.
I can almost visualize David and his 400 men (200 of the men were too tired to cross the brook and go with them..and that's a story for tomorrow) sitting around this starving Egyptian, watching him gobble down their food, and wondering how in the world this moment was part of the message from the Ephod.
Little did they know that they were feeding the very man who would help them recover their family members.
We don't have ephods today to turn to for God's direction.
And we probably won't see a Post-it note floating from Heaven with a message from Him either.
But who knows how God will use our small acts of service to lead us on in His will for our lives.
Today, you may find yourself doing something that seems very far from the road you think God wants you on..............
But if you are finding your strength in the Lord and you are going to Him daily for guidance and direction, TRUST HIM.
Your choices today may be a huge part of His plan for your tomorrow.
I love you all so much.
Praying for you as I get ready for school,