I refer to myself as a realistic optimist. I try to look for the best in a situation without getting too far away from reality. As a result of that, I have been known to use phrases like "When one door closes, another opens" in times of transition.
This morning as I enjoyed the May Day/ Mothers Day celebration at my children's school I found myself a bit emotional. Not because of the sweetness of motherhood so much as because we will be transferring to a different school in the Fall. Although we chose to make this move after MUCH prayer and deliberation and I have peace about our decision, the reality is that I am going to miss a lot about our current place. It was not a 'no brainer'. We labored for months over how to meet the needs of everyone in our family in the best way.
As I watched the children in the program celebrating around a traditional May Pole, dancing to a Hebrew tune about brothers living in harmony and exchanging their 'branches of May' my heart and mind were racing. I remembered that although the optimist in me generally focuses on the new door opening, the reality is that the former door indeed closes. No choice is perfect. Most things in life involve some sort of a trade off.
Much of wisdom and discernment is realizing that while some decisions in life are clear cut good vs. bad, right vs. wrong MOST are far less definitive. It is in the seeking of God's Will through prayer and surrendering, then waiting for a peace and moving forward in God-confidence that our faith is formed.