guidance

Finding your calling

Finding your calling

I just came across a blog entry on Gracious Uncertainty by Wayne Jacobsen and wanted to share the following paragraph with you:

A college student asked me Sunday night how someone could know what their calling is. I had answered that the best way to know our calling is to simply wake up every day in the love of the Father, and then let that love spill out of us through the day as we respond to the opportunities that cross our paths. Eventually we’ll find ourselves smack in the middle of what gives him and us so much pleasure. We mostly know our calling by looking back and seeing how God has fulfilled himself in us, rather than figuring it out in advance and setting a strategy to get there.

We are so trained to plan everything, and so we always want to figure things out in advance, instead of following the Lord step-by-step. Sometimes I wonder if this is because we like to be independent and therefore don’t want to depend on God’s daily guidance either.

I think it is challenging to learn to “live from the heart Jesus gave us” but it is a good thing to learn to follow this heart.

Waiting

Since waiting on the Lord is my present “job description” I found the following quote helpful and encouraging:

“While waiting upon God we should continue to gather good data, seek godly counsel, and even begin to take action. God often guides throughout the process as we seek His leadership. As we give God His rightful place in all things He has promised to share His private counsel with us. The Hebrew word sod found in Psalm 25:14 and Proverbs 3:32 can be translated “secret intimate counsel,” and it is for those who fear and seek the Lord.”

from The Stress Factor: Internal Stress and Making Decisions, by Lee Hotchkiss, in Encouragement, the online magazine, http://www.barnabas.org/magazine.php?release=2007-05&ar_id=9

Comforting

… we will follow you, knowing you’ll lead us through • from darkness to your everlasting light • and we will never walk alone • as long as the path is not our own • like a shadow behind you we’ll be – and the way will be clear as long as we…. Follow you.

(from: My uttmost for his highest – the Covenant CD)

This is a very comforting text for me at the moment in the midst of a lot of insecurities. I definitely need more patience to wait for the time when things become clearer.