I must admit I’m occasionally jealous of Samuel. As a young boy, he heard God’s call so clearly that it woke him up. Over and over, God spoke his name, “Samuel! Samuel!” until Samuel finally recognized God’s voice and responded, “Speak, your servant is listening.” In that moment, God revealed part of his will to Samuel. He didn’t give him all the details, but he sketched out his plan pretty clearly.
Wouldn’t it be nice, I’ve wondered at times, to hear “Kelli! Kelli!” and to know it was the call of God? To receive, in clear terms, his words for me? To get even just a rough sketch of his plan?
Do you, like me, ever wish God delivered a calling so direct that it woke you up out of your everyday routine and laid out your next steps in no uncertain terms?
Alas, for most of us, we instead discern our calling in fits and starts. Along the way, we may have occasional moments of Gideon-like confirmation balanced out by countless prayers for guidance and maybe even sometimes worried and raw wondering if God has a plan for us after all. What does it mean to follow God’s call when we can’t seem to hear it clearly? And how can we carve out a calling when life throws us curveballs?
In our discussion of calling in this issue of Today’s Christian Woman, we explore some of those curveballs and what it looks like to find and live within God’s call, even in moments of hurt or confusion. For example, have you ever wondered . . .1
Questioning Your Call?
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