As I struggle with this issue within my own life I find it very propitious to see that there are many examples in the Bible of people who had the very same struggles I am facing in my life. And what is just astounding is that I get to peer into their life and see the outcome - whether it worked or not. Don’t we all wish we could do that with situations we face? If God would just show me the end result of each choice so I could make the one to get the result I am wanting. Though I must admit, there have been those times God did clearly reveal to me the answers to some of life tough choices I was facing; many times through scripture, other times through an inner witness, or a trusted friend. I wish I was more spiritual like some people who God audible speaks to (so they claim). That is wonderful for them, though I have never heard an audible voice… strong sense in my heart, yes, but no audible voices (and if anyone says they've heard an audible voice - yikes, be skeered).
As I have wrestled with God about some of the dreams He gave me I am reminded of Moses and His dream to deliver his people from Egyptian slavery and it wasn’t near as easy as he had hoped... there were one too many plagues I am sure. Then not to mention the 40 years roaming on the backside of the desert with a bunch of whiner complainer types (that'll make you want to jump off a bridge).
As I began to run through just my memory of bible stories I thought of one of my favorites; Joseph - I would imagine that as his stomach rumbled from hunger in the prison cell he thought, "God when you gave me that dream about the fat cow and skinny cow deal that I told to my brothers, I don’t see where prison is fitting into that dream of me becoming a great leader".
On and on I could go… So, what can we learn from them, and others in the Bible?