Thursday, March 19 – What…For Wisdom

If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because
the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord.
—James 1:5-7

Have you ever needed to make a major decision and you just couldn’t decide what path to choose? Have you debated your options with family and friends, or prayed to God to “send a sign” or specific outcome so you would have all the answers? I certainly did!

I started my own design firm in 1994. The business grew with my family, and by the time my kids were in middle school, I was working seven days a week to keep up with over 100 clients. I was adamant that family time—that time between school and bedtime—would be dedicated to my kids. So in order to get all of my client’s work completed on schedule, I would sleep only a couple of hours a night.

While I had a successful business, and I was dedicated to my kids, I knew I could not continue the pace I was on. What I really wanted was time—to sleep, to relax, and to be. I constantly prayed for “a solution.” I prayed for energy, for grace in my interactions, for an answer…for a lot of things.

For three years, I met with agencies to see if they would be willing to purchase my business and hire me. I was praying constantly that the next meeting would be the answer. No one would purchase my business without certain guarantees that I could not make.

Near the end of those three years, I read the scripture above and realized that maybe I’d been praying for the wrong thing. Maybe I needed to be praying for the wisdom to find my own answers…for the wisdom to see other options…for the wisdom to understand and discern what was really important to me…for the wisdom to make the right choice for my family.

It was only after I prayed for wisdom and discernment that the opportunity to work for the church was presented with a phone call. It was the answer to my prayers…in ways I had not originally thought.

If you are in the midst of difficult decisions, continue to pray for wisdom to help you discern the answers. God will gladly give you wisdom if you are open to it and ask for it.

By Jane Halbert
Director of Marketing