For a while now I have been praying for wisdom.  James 1:5 says ‘If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.’  So I have asked.

I have a challenging issue in my life at the moment about which I know absolutely nothing.  Previously it would have been my husband who would have dealt with such things, but now I have to make decisions of my own.  How do I start?  What do I want? Where do I find answers?

The place to start, I know, is God.  So that’s why I prayed.  And over the last few days, he has given me the wisdom I need to begin to make the decisions that are essential before the project can begin.  But not in the way I thought it would come.  I imagined there would be something I would read in Scripture that would give me the answers, or He would tell me through a sermon, or a devotional book I am reading.  But no, God does not work in the ways we expect at all.

Firstly I met a neighbour.  Chatting together, I mentioned my project.

‘That’s my field of expertise,’ she said, ‘I can help you with that if you like.’

We agreed to chat further and have done so.  She has brought in other people to work with us, something I had not yet managed to do.  It is good to have someone with contacts whom others take seriously.  So this is the first step.

Suggestions were made outside the brief I had originally planned, and now I was in a muddle.  Whose advice to follow?  Various options had been presented to me I had not considered before.  They were practical, but they did not make my heart sing as the original ideas had done.  Was I to give up my ideas in favour of those of others?

More prayers.  How was I to decide?  Another neighbour came on the scene, a day or so ago and I discussed it.  She spoke words of wisdom and affirmed my thoughts on the matter, adding other ideas that made sense to me.

Then two friends came to visit.  The husband wandered around as his wife and I chatted. I had explained what I wanted to do, and what had been suggested.  When he joined in the conversation he made a suggestion that made such sense, everything fell into place.

And I am at peace.  The project will go ahead, for God has answered my prayers and given me the wisdom I need.  Not through the normal channels but from three people whom He has put in my path with the expertise I need at just the right time.

God is great!  I know He is supporting me in this, and I trust Him to continue to do so.  In a day or so a new week begins and I will go forward in faith, holding His hand, and taking a giant step into a new adventure, learning as I go.

It’s scary but exciting.  I believe I will be a stronger person for taking the first step and seeing it through to the end because He is on my side.

About Mandy Hackland

My love in life is to encourage others to deepen their relationship with God. I write devotional material, stories and small group studies with that in mind. I live in South Africa and also love spending time in the bush, bird watching and walking. I have moved to the coast and am enjoying the green spaces and beautiful vistas that surround me, reminding me of God's grace every day.
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