I’ve come to a point in my life where no matter where I turn, I have decisions to make. Whether it be insignificant decisions about which commitments to say yes to or more major decisions that directly influence my future, having to commit to one path over another is terrifying. Take it from me—the feeling of having a thousand impending decisions up in the air is absolutely exhausting. If you can picture a person juggling ten balls on a unicycle on a tightrope suspended between two snapping alligators over a lake of molten lava, that’s about how it feels. It’s been an exhausting stage in my life, but also definitely very worthwhile. If I’ve learned anything from these feelings, it’s that I certainly can’t make decisions and live life by myself!
In the midst of stress, God comes alongside us: “While we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8). God doesn’t wait until you have your life together to offer you a relationship with Him. If He did, what would be so remarkable about Christ’s sacrifice? Instead, God declares, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28).
Stress is guaranteed to be a part of life, especially when someone is living in a manner imitative of Christ. For believers, however, God’s grace and peace is also guaranteed. In the future, when you encounter stressful times and impossible decisions, just remember a quote that truly encouraged me: “The will of God will never lead you where the grace of God can’t keep you and the power of God can’t use you” (Warren W. Wiersbe). If you “seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, all these things will be given to you as well” (Matthew 6:34). Persevere!
Mady Gabriel (20) is a staff writer at TPS Chapel