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FOLLOW THE BOUNCING BALLS



Bentley, our Golden doodle, loves to play. Although in recent years he has slowed down quite a bit, I remember on one occasion, my husband dropped a bunch of tennis balls to the floor to see what he would do. Funny!!


He aimlessly snapped like he was chasing a fly and started running around frantically, while slipping and sliding all over the tile floor, trying to get them all in midair. It wasn't until the balls finally settled to the floor and slowly rolled away that he retrieved one.



Sometimes life can be like a bunch of balls heartily bouncing up and down until eventually they begin going every which way and we are faced with a decision; which ball should we choose. Obviously, real life is not as simple as deciding what ball to choose, since there could be many good choices. The challenge is lining it up with God's direction. This requires a willing and attentive ear to the Lord; one that is not drawn away by the bouncing balls. The Psalmist understood this important thought as he wrote, "Who is the man who fears the Lord? He will show him the way he should choose." Psalms 25:12(HCSB)


You may be thinking, "The decision is being made for me.” Or, maybe you are being forced to make a decision you didn’t ever want to make. That's a hard pill to swallow, but remember God already knows and if it wouldn't work out for your good; He would intervene. We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.Romans 8:28


Practically Speaking: For me, when I am not leaning on the Lord for the right decision, I become anxious and overwhelmed that I might miss out on something. This drives me nuts! When these types of thoughts enter my mind, I simply admit that I am struggling to the Lord. He loves to hear our sincere and humble pleas. Perhaps you feel the same way. Today, ask the Lord to pierce your heart with understanding, open your ears to hear His whisper, and give you wisdom with decisions you may have to make. Just remember God is in the decision-making business. By His breath the heavens gained their beauty; His hand pierced the fleeing serpent. These are but the fringes of His ways; how faint is the word we hear of Him! Who can understand His mighty thunder? Job 26:13-14

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