I've sometimes been afraid to step out and make a move in any direction for fear that I'd be doing the wrong thing. I know the saying that God can only direct a moving car and not a parked one, yet I've still chosen to remain firmly parked, jotting down possible pros and cons, trying to figure things out. What usually happens is that my head just spins and I'm even more frustrated and confused, having known all along that the pros and cons for both sides are what makes a decision difficult in the first place. I've felt envious of friends and acquaintances who state, "After prayer I just knew deep in my bones that the right thing to do would be...." So with big or medium sized decisions, and sometimes even small ones, I've been a procrastinator.
Not long ago, I found a
statement in a book I was reading that we shouldn't be afraid to step
out because God can even use our mistakes! It was a nice thought and I
wanted to think it's true. Some of mine have been so big. Well, over the weekend I read a true story
that confirms it absolutely.
It was about Mr Alfred
Nobel, the Swedish instigator of the Nobel Peace Prize. He'd become a
multi-millionaire from his work producing dynamite. Over breakfast one
day, he opened the morning paper and was shocked to see his own obituary
in the classifieds. For whatever reason, the editor of the paper had mistakenly thought he'd
died. When Nobel got over his initial shock, he was upset to find that
his obituary was not very flattering. In spite of his success, he'd been
labelled as a rude and selfish man who had no time for others. That
became the catalyst for him to change his life around before it became
too late. Establishing the Nobel Peace Prize, thereby giving huge chunks
of his wealth away in aid of great humanitarian causes changed his
personal legacy completely. When we think of the name Nobel, what do we
immediately think of? How ironic to learn that the man whose name is
most associated with worldwide peace earned his fortune in something as
un-peaceful as dynamite!
I can imagine when the newspaper
editor discovered his mistake, he would've wanted to sink into a hole in the ground and never come out again. As
far as mistakes go, that was a pretty big one. But look at the good that
came out of it. Perhaps it's a good thing to just make the best
prayerful, informed decisions we can and then step out without looking
back, trusting them to come alright.