In our small studio in France, we are learning to live without what we normally take for granted. We dry our clothes outside, fold up the two chairs to allow for more space when not in use, and close all the shutters to keep cool. We have no freezer, no oven and no stove top. Thankfully, we have a microwave! We are learning to improvise, but perhaps not to the point of grilling meat on an iron!
Today’s verse is a comfort. The Lord is personally involved in the direction our lives take. He watches for what is needed. When asked He gives His counsel in making decisions, and He teaches us which direction to take. However, He also allows us freedom to choose. When His direction is clear, we can decide to follow it, or not. And He also allows freedom and choices when several options are just fine with Him.
If I thought that every choice made in a day was directed by Him, I think I would live in fear of missing it. But He has given me my mind, my intellect, and my preferences to follow. When I am in an attitude of submission to Him, I can trust that He will intervene if I am making an incorrect choice. His goal for me is to become more and more like His Son and He can make that happen in a variety of circumstances. So if my next step is not so clear, I improvise! I do not have the script but that OK. I know the Author and how the story will end!