I will start my first blog on this site with an important confession. I bleed Assemblies of God. I did Fine Arts, I was an honor star, I attended and counseled at summer camp, and now I’m an Assemblies of God world missionary.
Because I bleed AG, I spent my senior year of high school living with the crippling fear of missing the will of God for my life. Would I study at Evangel or Southern AG University? North Central or Southeastern? Would I study missions or music? What if the guy I’m supposed to MARRY is at a different SCHOOL? (Maybe that’s what happened, who knows…)
The fact is, I spent a fair part of my adult life petrified of being outside the will of God. It took me a long time to learn that the will of God for my life is not an invisible moving target. I have learned that being obedient to the call of God often looks like walking through open doors, one set at a time.
On approaching this question I’m reminded of the story of Elijah running from Jezebel. He had been obedient to The Lord and there he was in a cave, fearing for his life. As he waited for The Lord, we’re told that “a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before The Lord, but The Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but The Lord was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake came a fire, but The Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper. When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave” (1 Kings 19:11-13).
We love to hear and tell stories of people who heard God’s voice in dramatic ways, but we are often so caught up in looking for the thunderstorm or earthquake experience that we miss the whisper. It is possible to demand thunderstorms of God so fierce that we miss the subtle wind of the door that opens to the left of where we thought it would. Finding God’s call for our lives then becomes a daily encounter with God, learning the sound of His whisper so that we, like Elijah, can come to the mouth of the cave when we hear it.
I’ve learned that the criteria for finding God’s call for our lives is simple. Is God asking you specifically to do something? Do that thing. Are you answering the Great Commission by making disciples? Are you making the name of Jesus greater than your own? Are you loving God and your neighbor fearlessly? These things that seem too simple must be the focus of our lives.
May each of us grow ever closer to knowing Jesus, that we may recognize His whisper. May we not get caught up in aiming for an invisible bulls-eye, but live in daily obedience. May we focus on the things God has asked us to do. And may we remain ever grateful that God uses our brief and weak lives to change eternity.