Have you ever experienced being at a crossroad where you felt completely helpless in making an important decision? I'm almost certain that you have. Life can often lead us into unexpected territories making us feel like a child lost in an amusement park, where everyone else appears to be enjoying themselves while you're left feeling alone and helpless. Seemingly, these moments happen right before a life transitioning point. Right in the midst of turmoil. Right when you're the most unsure about everything that you once believed would take resident in your life. But amazingly, as depicted in the image above, it's also where your new branch in life begins and your tree evolves. Think about a time when you felt like the next decision that you made would be one of the most important decisions of your life. It could've been deciding if you were going to accept a job position or walk away from one, marry the person that you love or accept that love just wasn't enough, or maybe relocating instead of choosing to stay in familiar territory. Whatever that decision was, it was an important one that came with the chance of losing something in exchange for something that might not pan out to have been a better choice.
Everyday we're faced with many decisions, not because we're incapable of making wise choices but because we're more than capable of it. As was the case with Adam. It is to be noted that God never forces, He only provides the option but not without presenting you with viable information. Its human nature to think first of the present versus dealing with what may come in the future simply because it's easier. The wise people of the world are viewed as distinctive because they've mastered seeing beyond this manner of thinking. A task not easily accomplished but capable of being accomplished none the less. Presented with the tree of life, Adam was told of the reverberation that would follow if he ever ate from it but with very little persuasion, he yielded with the full knowledge to make the right decision but chose not to. Instead of following the Spirit, he followed the mind which has to be renewed daily. The pleasant pleasure exceeded the desire to properly consider the future. But not all of life's decisions are as dry cut as this one but most are. With choices that prove to be a little more difficult to make we tend to lessen our indecisiveness by weighing the possible outcome of each but somewhere, somehow, common reasoning escapes us causing stagnation and a weaker branch to be created. Most of these branches don't usually survive harsh weather. Have you ever seen a couple that looked absolutely perfect together but after a year or so the relationship hit a halt soon to be followed by its utter demise? These branches are like racers that don't run. Being created weak, they bear no leaves because they were never made to grow. Somewhere, a wrong decision was made.
Because it is human to err, we are not left stranded when we choose the wrong turns in life. The only thing you can do is acknowledge where it is that you went wrong, rectify it, forgive yourself, and move on. The betterment of judgment increases alongside the betterment of branches. In essence, as quoted by Oscar Wilde, "Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes." The more experience that you have, the less mistakes you're naturally prone to make. Maybe that's why older trees grow faster.
So be encouraged when you're faced with life's decisions understanding that you're being presented with the opportunity to grow. We're all faced with them but if you're ever in need of guidance; don't be afraid to lean upon a veteran. Learning from those who've experienced like situation can be of great help when deciphering in which direction you may need to go.
Pray, follow your heart, and trust in His plan.