Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord! Psalm 27:14
Glen and I have different methods for making decisions. Glen is careful, likes to know all the facts and have some time before he decides. I, on the other hand, jump in feet first without first looking to see where I will land or if I have a parachute to slow me down. My decisions are usually emotionally based, while Glen’s are rationally based. Take for example a purchase we made for Christmas. I wanted a kayak for years. I love being on the water, particularly Florida’s rivers. We have a canoe, but Glen and I can’t canoe together. It results in a shouting match, then, I defiantly quit paddling while Glen complains that his shoulder hurts from doing all the work. A kayak is more stable and easier to paddle and most rental kayaks we have tried are single person vessels so I decided that we should get at least one, maybe two. The purchase was put on hold when we got in an argument a few years ago because Glen wanted to get a double kayak. I balked at a two seater thinking we’d end up in divorce court, so gave up. Last fall after a lovely trip to Rainbow River, I dreamed of having a kayak of my own so I could enjoy the peace and delight the river brings anytime. I was ready to buy a single kayak right away, but Glen wanted to do some research, check Craig’s list and make a case for a double kayak again. I know to plant the seed, let him think about it and wait. No amount of emotional manipulation will speed the process along. It is hard, but he rarely leaps without thought so I learned to wait. Just before Christmas, we purchased a three seater kayak (got to have room for the dog) and have been enjoying it a lot. So far, we have been to the Terra Ceia Aquatic Preserve, Terra Ceia Bay, the Braden River and the Little Manatee River. I love being on the rivers the most, not just because it is fresh water instead of salt water. The current is more predictable, the wind usually blocked by trees and the wildlife more visible. I enjoy the peace and quiet (I will never know why people insist on blaring loud music from their boats-if you are going to be outdoors, listen for the birds and natural sounds). And we are enjoying the time together. No television, computer or books to distract us. We haven’t fought (much) and have no thoughts of divorce yet. Of course, he was correct in waiting. He is not always right with his rational decision making, but the majority of time, he is (don’t tell him I said that). I can’t say that I know how God makes decisions, but I know that He is always right. I’m learning that I can’t just leap without waiting on His direction even though waiting is not the easiest thing for me.