«There are many plans in a man’s heart, nevertheless the LORD’S counsel—that will stand» (Proverbs 19:21).
Making decisions is not an easy thing to do. When you are young there are three big decisions that mark the course of your life: what you are going to study, what you will believe in, and who you are going to marry. On more than one occasion, young people of both genders have asked me about these when they are faced with such questions. It is also true that many people do not know what to do with free will and put on others the responsibility of choosing, wasting the use of a freedom for which Jesus died.
When I was in my last year of studying theology at the seminary in Montemorelos (Mexico), I had the illusion of going to serve as a pastor in the northwest of the country, near my family. I had already imagined my life in those desert lands, my father had even gotten me a suitable car for those parts after graduation. But, finally, the day came when the leaders of the northern union summoned us to let us know where each graduate would go. I had been assigned to Mexico City. How could that be? I couldn’t believe it! Very few pastors were willing to be ministers in a city of more than twenty million people. I couldn’t even make a comment. I was thankful for the call and accepted it But my heart was shattered, and a couple of tears slipped down my cheeks. That afternoon I informed my father that our plans had fallen through.
I confess that for several years I did not understand why God had taken me to Mexico City. But that city, which is presented on television as a very violent place, became a place that gave me great opportunities in my pastoral ministry. There I enjoyed very good universities, libraries, bookstores, museums, and an enviable cultural environment In reality, Mexico City is one of the great capitals of Latin America. I met my wife there. Today I profess a deep affection for this city. God was not mistaken.
Is there a decision that overwhelms your mind? Are you uncertain if you should acquire that debt? Would you like to know if you should move somewhere else? Do you feel uneasy about your uncertainty? God has the answer. Bend your knees. Tell him how you feel. He will answer you. He has promised. Trust in Him. I assure you it is much better to follow God’s plans than your own. Although at first the situation might seem puzzling, in the end you will realize that the Lord always has the best option.