Your homework’s done – you have a clear sense of your budget and how far it can stretch; you’ve weighed your needs against your desires to find their critical balance where they meet your financial ability; you’ve read all the car-purchasing and negotiation tips; and kept an eye on the market for a gauge of what to expect…Now you’re ready to make the decision.
Trying to find “the car” was a strenuous, challenging task. More than once, you thought you’d got it, only to discover, upon reflection, that you had to get back on the market and keep looking. But don’t think of those experiences as wasted. Rather, they were opportunities to understand yourself better. If you really think about it, you probably learnt A LOT about yourself in those moments.
So, there you are at the Secretary of State. The butterflies in your tummy make you nauseous. Are you sure this is “the car?” What if you kept looking? Maybe you’d find a better deal somewhere, out there, beneath that bright blue sky…What if it turns out to be a lemon and your good deal was a rip off? Are you really ready for the commitment?
One of my life theme texts is found in Psalm 146:3-5
Do not put your trust in princes,
in human beings, who cannot save.
When their spirit departs, they return to the ground;
on that very day their plans come to nothing.
Blessed are those whose help is the God of Jacob,
whose hope is in the LORD their God.
When you have rested your case in the capable arms of a loving heavenly Father, there is nothing to fear. You can trust that He would intervene if this deal were not for your benefit in the long-run. You can be sure that He who sanctioned the transaction will provide for it’s sustenance in the future. He didn’t bring you this far just to leave you.
What is it that takes the edge off of commitment-phobia? For a Christian who has made God a part of every stage of their decision-making process, they can trust in the Father above. It really is a sweet thing to trust in Jesus – just to take Him at His word…just to rest upon His promise – just to know “Thus saith the Lord.”