December 20, 2017

God always has provided what I/we have needed. Not always what I/we wanted, but we’ve had what was needed when we needed it.

There have been plenty of twists and turns, heartaches and surprises along the way, but I can look back and see God at work, even in the moments I was afraid or uncertain or frustrated or devastated. I may not have seen it at the time, but I can look back and see that I was not (we were not) abandoned.

For the first time in a awhile, we are anticipating a season of transition and the unknown. Where? When? How? What? And honestly, I can manufacture a hundred scenarios that all come with their own questions about where, when, how, and what. It’s not immediate, but the discernment starts soon.

I’m spending some time with this book and thinking about the process of making decisions regarding vocation and calling.

“Each of us has a mission in life. Jesus prays to his Father for his followers, saying, “As you have sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world” (John 17:18). We seldom fully realize that we are sent to fulfill God-given tasks. We act as if we have to choose how, where, and with whom to live. We act as if we were simply dropped down in creation and have to decide how to entertain ourselves until we die. But we were sent into the world by God, just as Jesus was. Once we start living our lives with that conviction, we will soon know what we were sent to do.” Henri Nouwen (p. 99 of “Discernment”)