Words swam before my eyes in a blur of medical jargon. My husband, Colin, and I were skimming paperwork in the fertility clinic waiting room. We had already been through several years of tests and treatments –– all of which failed. Now our doctor was recommending we try in vitro fertilization (IVF).
Everything within me wanted to sign the forms and jump into the process right away. At the same time, I knew Colin and I would need to discuss the ethical concerns, work out the logistics, and confirm if we could even afford it. With so much riding on the decision, I slumped to my knees and prayed desperately, “God, please give us wisdom.”
All of us experience moments like this. It could be a new job, a different housing arrangement, a romantic relationship, or a ministry opportunity. When we’re forced to make a decision, we often turn into knowledge seekers. We feel an overwhelming need to accumulate as much information as possible so we can make the best or “right” choice.
As Christians, we tend to label our need to know as a desire for wisdom. And that can be true. However, sometimes we ask God to give us the right thing for the wrong reasons.
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