One of the key principles of the parenting model we have been attempting to follow (Loving on Purpose / Love and Logic) is to give choices. You give two choices (A or B) but you make sure before you give them that either choice is totally fine with you and you can deal with the consequences of that choice.
Sometimes the choice a child makes doesn’t really make a difference to you (“apple or orange?”). Other times one of the choices is not going to work out so great for your child but you are prepared for that and willing to help them through that (“fun or room?”). Either way as a parent both options get you to the end result you need (“you walk or I carry you?” – either way we get to where we need to be).
I think God does the same with us too. He gives us choices. Sometimes he gives us choices where it doesn’t make much difference to him which one we choose. Other times there might be one choice that he knows is going to work out better for us, but he is prepared to deal with whichever choice we make and either way we will eventually get to where we need to be. One route might just be more scenic. And like with parenting, when we make the “wrong” choice it is not a disaster, it is an opportunity for us to learn!
God is the perfect parent. He never offers choices that he isn’t ready and perfectly able to deal with, and he is unendingly patient in helping us to learn from the choices we do make.
So on a day when many are feeling fearful, disappointed, concerned, remember that God is in control, and he can deal with all the outcomes of every choice we make – both collectively and individually – he gave us the options knowing that either choice is totally fine with Him and He can deal with the consequences of that choice.