Tom and I like to play a game called rummikub. The object is to create either runs of the same colored tiles (ie; orange 8, 9, 10, 11, 12) or a grouping of the same number in different colors (ie; the number 5 in three or four different colors). It’s necessary to be flexible in your strategy. For example, I may have the orange 8, 9, 10, & 12 and I think I want the orange 11, but as things play out, I realize it’s best to let go of my idea of completing that run, and use those numbers to create other options.
I have found that life is like that. I’m headed in one direction that seems to make sense, and then circumstances change and I have to decide if I’m going to cling to that path or let go and try something new. It takes time and prayer to discern whether to persevere on a particular path or change directions. But I have found that if I’m truly open to God’s leading (ie, willing to go a new direction) and if I’m patient, He will eventually make it clear as to what I’m supposed to do. That applies to major decisions, like career choices and where to live, as well as smaller decisions like what to say or not say to someone. The hard part is surrendering my ideas of what’s best, or what I want, and being open to God’s leading. The surrender process also takes time and prayer, but God is faithful if I’ll wait on Him. I may not always understand why He’s leading me in a certain direction, but He will make it clear what I am to do. May the Lord empower us to surrender and be flexible, so He can fulfill His glorious plan for us.