‘Paralysis comes from the constant plea for guidance in the expectation that God will make our decisions for us. In some ways it is like trying to enter the door of a vicarage. The vicar says, ‘After you.’

In politeness the visitor replies, ‘After you.’

‘No, no,’ replies the ever-polite vicar, ‘after you.’

‘Please, please,’ says the visitor, ‘after you.’

And so it goes on. Guidance can become a revolving door, ever turning; God expecting us to act and us expecting God to act. However, it’s as we move forward and take the first step that we sense God’s voice behind us saying, ‘This is the way; walk in it’ (Isaiah 30:21).

God expects us to be the first mover.

Ken Costa

Ken Costa, God At Work, 2013, London: Alpha International, p60-61