Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.
This verse if often used to tell people the mechanics of how God will reveal the path He wants you to take. Rather than being a great shining beacon upon your path and revealing what choices to make 5 years from now, God is a simple lamp upon the path revealing only the next step you should take.
While I whole-heartedly agree with this philosophy, I think it is too easily misunderstood. Someone hearing of it might get the impression that there is only one choice God wants you to take, and no acceptable alternatives. I have come to firmly believe that God does indeed give us choices in our lives, decisions that He wants us to make on our own. Why would God go to all the trouble of giving us free will if He never intended for us to actually use it?
I have just recently had such a choice in my own life. I was rather distressed because I felt that I didn’t have God’s guidance on a decision that could drastically alter my life. As I prayed and reflected on it, I realized God was truly leaving the decision up to me.
As I’m sure you can understand, this realization only distressed me more. I certainly knew what a mess I could make when things were left up to me, and here I was, left with a major decision that would have repercussions on just about every aspect of my life. Eventually, I was able to make up my mind, and even though I may never know if I chose the best option ( if there is such a thing ), I am satisfied to know that I have God’s blessings for it.