Little Decisions

What a great day I’ve had so far. I’m on Spring break (yay!) and have had time to putter, think, remember, read, write, and think so far.  Something I keep thinking about is King David’s decision not to go to war with his men on the occasion that he became acquainted (?) with the desirable Bathsheba. My daughter Elizabeth and I were chatting a little about it over the weekend. Or rather, I was talking about it, and she was politely pretending to listen.

Anyway, back to the story. From that one seemingly small decision to “wait this one out” came a lot of aftereffects. He saw Bathsheba, slept with her, and later sent her husband Uriah to the battle front to be killed. Already we have adultery and murder that came from the choice to stay home. Then a baby is born who dies. Later, David and Bathsheba have Solomon who is known as a wise leader. Did the birth of Solomon absolve David of his sin and clear his conscience? Who knows? I sure don’t. In fact, it seems to me from reading Psalms that he was what I’d call “torn up” about something.

I’m not saying that David’s life was circumspect before this time or  that he would never have met Bathsheba if he’d gone to battle with his men. I’m just saying that it was a small decision that had big and long lasting consequences.  Relating it to today and our lives, sometimes our whole future and the future of our families can hang on a seemingly small decision. To make matters even more intriguing, sometimes we make these decisions without even being consciously aware of deciding anything!

Think about it. Have you ever decided to move to another area as opposed to staying in your hometown? Have you decided to drop out of school a semester and never made it back? Have you accepted a job somewhere and had it turn into a career? Gone to a party and met the love of your life? Stayed home and didn’t cross this person’s path?


Author: jayne bowers

*married with children, stepchildren, grandchildren, in-laws, ex-laws, and a host of other family members and fabulous friends *semi-retired psychology instructor at two community colleges *writer

3 thoughts on “Little Decisions”

  1. The one little decision I made that has probably had the greatest effect on my life was taking a job in Alaska. I was at school in Utah and kinda-sorta starting to date this girl. I got real cold feet as soon as she become even mildly serious, and I took the very first chance to escape by moving 3,000 miles to Alaska and taking a semester off from school.

    Little did I know that a cute little redhead was sitting in Alaska just fresh from a stint in the Army.

    The rest is history. Or perhaps the better phrase, seeing as I was running from a girl, would be “from the frying pan into the fire.”

    That was over seven years ago, and I’m glad I ran.

    What a great story! Have you ever read a poem entitled "The God Who Loves You"? It gave me chills to read it, just like your post did. So much of our life depends on these seemingly unimportant little pushes and nudges in certain directions.

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