Decisions

Making decisions is often difficult, is it not? You evaluate the options and plot possible consequences. If it involves money you check your bank balance…..often….. Jude and I have been making a few decisions lately as well. One of them has an immediate consequence for us. We’ve decided to stop renting our current house in Mkushi. We returning to the UK for 3.5 months and it didn’t make sense to spend lots of money on wasted rent. This is a late decision, but one which saves us quite a lot of money. So, sensible, even if makes things a little heart wrenching!

We have also been talking to some friends here in Zambia for a few months about the possibility of getting some land. We’ve decided to go with that. Last monday we spent some time using a GPS and other handy equipment to mark out around a hectare of land in virgin bush in Zambia. Scary monsters! This means that when we come back next year, we don’t actually have somewhere to live, but we will also be building a house. We don’t have the money at the moment and it’s all a little different from the UK, but we are doing it nonetheless. As if we didn’t have enough to do or worry about 🙂

This is a fantastic decision. We both decided to take January off. Absolutely brilliant decision! I dole out advice to people so often about getting some perspective from a different physical and emotional place. It’s time we took some of our own advice. The bottom line is that so often, you get to a point where you can’t see the wood for the trees….. this year we have definitely been there sometimes.

There are also some big decisions regarding the kids education. How to do it? Where to do it? As with most things here in Africa, there are no very simple answers to anything. You make a best fit. If we then add in all of the decisions we need to make with our work, phew! it can get more than a little taxing and complicated.

Making decisions, especially lots of them can be quite overwhelming, especially if there are complicated interactions between those decisions. The only thing we can do is to pray. The ‘unknown’ is a constant companion in the battle to make decisions and guess what! you can’t know it, because its’ the unknown. You must make the decisions not knowing everything. It is a great help being able to appeal and talk with a God who is above all.

Psalm 37 verse 5 says,

“Commit your way to the Lord, Trust in Him and He will act!”.

That is the bottom line. When the decisions are flying, when the unknown seems to be crowding in, you simply have to commit your way to the Lord, and trust in Him. There are no shortcuts, no magic answers but these words are tremendously freeing and faith inspiring.

So next time you need to make a decision, do all you can and leave Him to do the rest….

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