Our purpose is a whisper away

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Written By Jane Anderson

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Sometimes God hears our whispers when we don’t dare to speak out loud. This morning I read ahead in my Bible Study. I was just wandering actually, probably procrastinating – if you want the honest truth. I’ve been questioning a lot lately about what, out of all the avenues I could take, which ones are really inscribed in my DNA? There is no lack of opportunity, but which ones are threaded through my purpose so the tapestry of my life is an ornate, beautiful pattern – not a tangled mass of knotted threads.What I do today affects tomorrow, so I have to be careful with what I read, what I watch, the activities I engage in. It’s a fallacy that every moment counts. There are many moments that slide away; it’s called breathing or if extended long enough, it’s all out relaxing. We all need moments when we just do nothing. That’s when we recharge the energy pack for our next surge.
My friend Penny Homontowski posted this picture this morning of a chickadee eating seeds our of her hand. chickadees eating out of hand - Penny Homontowski photoThat reminded me of how God opens his hand, offers to hold us and give us just what we need – shelter, comfort, nourishment for our souls as well as our bodies. Not enough for tomorrow, but enough for this moment. We can be confident that He will be there with provisions in all the moments and through all the tomorrows. We forget that sometimes.
God doesn’t guide us through the birth canal then hand us a script and checklist as soon as we stop screaming. He doesn’t give us a map when we learn to walk and expect us to never falter on our course or get lost in it. Sometimes I think the people in the Old Testament had it made. Look at Isaiah 30:21 “You will hear a word spoken behind you, saying, “This is the correct way, walk in it,” whether you are heading to the right or the left.” Really, God? Why can we have that clarity on our path?
So maybe I struggle more than your average bear with knowing what I should be doing with the moments of my life. The moments that should be invested, not just spent. So this morning as I was praying and ending it my common way “This day is all yours, Lord. Whatever my purpose is, please let me live it out and honor you.” And then I added, “Sometimes God, it seems like you are so far away and I wonder what I’ve done to create the distance. I know I can’t go back but show me what to do to go forward for you.” Then I read this in 2 Samuel 14:14 “Like water spilled on the ground, which cannot be recovered, so we must die. But that is not what God desires; rather, he devises ways so that a banished person does not remain banished from him.”
Sometimes we whisper in God’s ear and he sends His word back. Proverbs 23:19 “Listen, my child, and be wise, and guide your heart on the right way.” God doesn’t banish us. He guides us. I have no idea why I shared that story. I guess i was just in the mindset to remind everyone that God is on your side. He knows just what you need. He knows just what I need. He is everything!

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