BY ANN MUGUNGA
“You must be looking forward to the new experience. Are you all-set to go now?” I asked my friend a day before she set off for her professional exchange trip to a foreign land.
“No! Actually now that the day is here, I am not sure I want to go any more. I do not want to be away from the family for so long,” she sighed.
This reaction was a far cry from the fighter spirit of a woman excited to finally make it to the programme for which she had applied numerous times and overcome so many hurdles to get into.
Is this not typical of many experiences in life? We yearn for something, work hard for it and the moment we get it the indecision sets in. We are suddenly overwhelmed by anxiety over whether we made the right decision, or chose the right path.
While celebrating the birthday of one of my friends we were asked what stops many of us from reaching for our dreams.
The number one response was: you guessed it, fear! Fear of the unknown, fear of not being good enough, of being considered selfish by friends and family, fear of failure, and the fear list went on and on.
I guess a certain amount of fear is good to temper our excessive indulgences and enable us reflect on what is truly important. But the fear that paralyses us and renders us incapacitated to make the smallest decision is definitely not good.
Which brings Proverbs 3:6 to mind, counselling us to trust in the Lord: “In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.”
I believe that the Lord is not fastidious about whether we take that trip away from the family for two days or three; he is not fastidious about whether we become teachers, nurses, lawyers, doctors or farmers.
Rather, his concern is that whatever we do, we do it for his glory; and also that when we decide to become teachers or housewives, we are the best that we can be.
And so I prayed for my friend, that the peace of God would guard her heart and mind, and that her family would be protected too while she was away.
A few months later, she returned, exhausted but glad that she was privileged to be one of the few people worldwide to benefit from such an experience.
What about you? What are you afraid of today? Dare I say to you:
-There is no such thing as a perfect job;
-No such thing as a perfect marriage;
-No such thing as a perfect friend;
-No such thing as a perfect spouse;
-No such thing as a perfect neighbourhood;
-No such thing as a perfect family;
-No such thing as a perfect career;
-No such thing as a perfect decision.
But there is such a thing as a perfect God. Will you trust him today and acknowledge him in all your ways?
The writer is The Standard newspaper supervisor