Grace is a Wide Net
I recently moved back home to Pennsylvania, from Austin, where I lived for the last six years.
Making the decision was difficult. I didn’t know if it was the right move. I prayed about it, I talked to friends, and I came to the conclusion that God was asking me to trust Him. He wanted me to make the decision.
He wanted me to trust Him — in me. Don’t miss that. Trust Him, in you. Not Him somewhere out there. He’s in you — guiding, counseling, leading, speaking.
Making decisions without a definitive answer from God requires trust. It’s a trust that knows that no matter what decision you make, God’s going to take care of you. It was terrifying for me to make as big of a decision as this was, without the words “Move home!,” spelled out for me.
As I grow in my faith, I am becoming more like Christ and the decisions I make are becoming more Christ-like. That means I have to begin to trust that my decisions align with Christ’s will for my life, without Him leaving me bread crumbs.
He’s given me a mind and a heart to make decisions. He’s given me the ability to choose. Waiting for an answer is good when I’m supposed to wait but wastes a lot of precious time when I’m not.
Sometimes it’s best to just walk with the Spirit and make decisions as we go.
My friend Will Davis Jr. told me a story once about the men who were constructing the Golden Gate Bridge. He said that while they were building it, men were falling off the trusses into the ocean to their death. The workers feared losing their lives.
So the contractors decided to build a massive net.
They built the net large and strong enough so that if someone misstepped and fell off the bridge, it would catch them.
Friends, God has given us a net and that net is grace. Grace casts a wide enough net to catch you when you fall.
Every single time.
God’s not out to punish you if you make the wrong decision for your future. He’s not going to set you on the bench if you get your “calling” wrong or make a wrong decision.
His promise is true and His promise is this:
The Lord will work out his plans for my life—
for your faithful love, O Lord, endures forever.
It’s helped me tremendously to remember this while making decisions for my future, and I think, I hope it will help you too.