We live life forwards, but understand it backwards. As you look back, where do you see the hand of God on your life? You might want to draw a series of stepping stones and write on each of them how God has led you to this point in your life. Take a moment to thank God for his guidance and take courage that he will find a way to make his way clear for this next decision. You can trust him.
The Biblical stories are full of people being directed by God, through general lifestyle instructions, through life-changing circumstances and occasionally by specific directions. Something is said. A vision or a dream points the way. Doors of opportunity open and close. The witness of the people of God is that God guides his people. You can trust him to guide you.
However we have a great capacity for self deception. It is important to know ourselves well and to know our personal weaknesses. God will not guide us to act contrary to the mind of Christ. The counsel of an honest friend will save from making a wrong decision.
The Ignatian tradition speaks of seasons of consolation and desolation in life. Consolation is when our desires are aligned with seeking God. Desolation is when we are moving away from God - not necessarily in a time of suffering, but when we are neglecting God for a range of reasons.
The wisdom of that tradition counsels us never to go back on a decision we made in a time of consolation when we are in a time of desolation. That counsel has helped many a person to stay with situations which we would rather avoid.
Mother Theresa was approached by a priest who wanted to know if he should go and work in a leper colony. Her advice was simple: “Worship God every day. Do nothing you know to be wrong. God will make the way clear.” The will of God grows on us as we align our lives to him.