AUSTIN GUTWEIN

Founder of Hoops of Hope. Selected as one of the top 10 most "Caring Americans".
Author of Take Your Best Shot and Live to Give.

God's Will and a Tennis Ball

February 6, 2013

God's Will and a Tennis Ball

Have you ever found yourself wondering how to interpret God's will or direction in your life? I'm sure most of us can answer, "yes" to that question, but I'm sure very few of us have ever used a tennis ball as part of the process.

Last semester, I was really wrestling with a decision. Finals were only a week away, so of course this wasn't the most convenient time to be pondering my future. As I was thinking, I began bouncing a tennis ball against the wall.

As I bounced the ball, I began to pray, "God, if it is your will...then let me catch the tennis ball, three out of five times." The truth is, my hand-eye coordination stinks so catching the ball three times MUST mean God wanted me to go through with my decision.

In hindsight, testing the Lord with a tennis ball was probably one of my dumbest ideas ever. Thankfully, I can laugh about it now.

Unfortunately, due to my dorm policy, I can't ask God to do what he did for King Belshazzar in Daniel 5. God actually wrote His warning onto a wall. But if God no longer writes on walls, how are we to know what God wants us to do?

I don't have all the answers, but the Bible certainly does. Shockingly, it doesn't mention tennis balls at all. Proverbs 3:5-6 says:

Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight.

My parents have always taught me that as long as I am walking with God, I am doing what He wants me to do. When we look at this verse in Proverbs we see just that. When we serve God, He will put us on the right path. We may not always know where the path leads, but as long as we are honoring Him with our life and trusting Him for direction, we are doing what He wants.

I also love what James 1:5 says:

But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all men generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him.

God simply tells us to ask for wisdom. When I think of the "wisest" person in the Bible, I instantly think of Solomon. What made Solomon so wise?

1) He followed God

2) He asked God for wisdom

After reading through this, I realized, I simply need to ask God for wisdom. Why? Because God says He will generously give wisdom to us.

So, I think for now, I'll let the tennis ball roll back under my futon. God's will is what I am doing when I am serving Him with all I am. I love all the ways that God is growing me in my freshman year. I also love that I don't have to rely on a tennis ball to know His plan.

Have you ever struggled with interpreting God's will for your life? 

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