This poor little raccoon is paralyzed with indecision! His little brain is probably thinking, “Run left or right? Go forward or turn around?” Fear has made him immobile. By the time he figures it out it may be too late. I feel much like this confused raccoon when faced with too many choices. Whenever I am in the States, all I have to do is visit the cereal aisle of a store to feel the same way!
Our verse for today is a wonderful promise. The Lord is always at the side of a believer. He offers His hand and His counsel. He is there to help with every decision, even the small ones. When making a decision, one can feel overwhelmed by the different options. The fear of choosing incorrectly can completely block us. In consequence, decisions are postponed or sometimes left to others. Being paralyzed with indecision gives God no opportunity to guide us. As verse 22 describes, we can be senseless ignorant beasts, caught in the headlights.
I am thankful for a patient and understanding God. We are never left on our own in making choices. He offers His guidance. He reaches out His hand to steer us in the right direction. But it is up to me to see my own indecision and reach for His hand. What a beautiful image it is to see that hand continuing to guide me all the way through life and into eternity!
Thank you Lord, for Your hand and Your counsel. Please guide me in every decision today.