A Big Decision
I was all set to attend Concordia University in River Forest, IL the following fall. The paperwork was in, scholarships were earned, and I even had a dorm room assigned.
In the spring of that year, I started dating this cute guy who attended a different college — Concordia University Wisconsin. I really liked him, and he really liked me. He asked me if I would consider switching schools to attend college where he was.
I decided to go for it and switch schools for a guy. I prayed about it, and as I recall I didn’t take very long to make the decision. I felt a strong sense of peace that it was the right thing to do. (And hey, I was young and in love.)
My parents were amazingly supportive, even though it meant losing a significant amount of scholarship money. “As long as you go to college somewhere,” was their response.
My friends, on the other hand, thought I was totally nutso. “You don’t change schools for a guy,” was what they kept telling me.
Was God speaking to me at this critical point in my life?
Considering that guy was Michael Borgstede, and we’ve now been married for over 20 years, have 5 children, and have served in ministry together for all these years, I believe God was speaking to me.
You may wonder how to recognize God’s voice in your life.
Digging Deeper with God
A Conversation with Chris Drews
- a passage from scripture right there on the site,
- thought-provoking insights based on the scripture passage, and
- three or four questions that you can use as prompts to reflect on throughout the day or for journaling during your quiet time.
You can use www.diggingdeeperwithgod.com as a quick 5-minute devotion to jump-start your day, but the real beauty is that you can also use it as a tool for more in-depth, meaningful time with God.
- Was it miserable all around? Seriously, take the hint, and consider the change in direction an act of obedience.
- Was it difficult but you also saw evidence of God’s hand at work? Consider that it might be affirmation, and take another step forward. Keep listening and watching. If God doesn’t want you to do something, He will slam doors shut. The thing is, we need to watch and listen without bias for our own desires.
- If God throws the door open, even if it is scary, you had better walk through the doorway, because He has prepared something in advance for you to do (Ephesians 2:10)!
Maria B. says
I have just chosen to retire early. A time-off policy changed at work and it affected my being able to visit my family. I am hoping that my decision was not selfserving, but God knowing what would push my decision. I pray constantly and ask for guidance. My only concerns are financial. I do feel a peace in my heart regarding my decision that I am acting on my unhappy situation, but then wonder if I am being impatient waiting on God.
I love reading all of your posts.
Thanks for reading, Maria! Like you said, God knows your heart and the reason you made the decision. I am sure He will bless this and provide for all your needs.
Thanks, I like BOTH of your blogs actually!
Awe, thanks Lisa! 🙂