A sweet lady came up to me this weekend to tell me how excited she was about Ryan’s Crossing. Much of the conversation was both humbling and touching for me. Apparently the book impacted her so much that themes from the book dominated conversations with her husband for two days!
One thing she told me that really stuck with her once she was done reading was something she struggled with throughout much of the book: Ryan’s choices. Without spoiling the details too much for those who have yet to read it, Ryan discovers he has three choices for his future. One is an easy choice that is better than what he currently has, but not necessarily what he wants to do for the rest of his life. A second choice is very tempting and gives him what he thinks he wants. But God seems to be promoting a third choice, possibly his least favorite of them of all.
Frequently, this is exactly the circumstances where we find ourselves. Choices between what is easy, what seems appealing, and where we think God may be leading. Yet even in those cases where God seems to be leading down the least desirable path, we have to rely on the knowledge that God wants only the very best for us.
If we’ve walked through trials in the past, we can remember the experiences where this proved to be true. If you’re newer to the Christian faith or struggling to remember any times of testing, then you may need to rely on the head knowledge that this principle from the Bible has proven to be true in the lives of Christians all around us.
When is a time you had to choose? Did you follow what you believed God to be telling you?
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