We can listen to a lot of voices.
There’s no shortage of willing mouths to tell us what they think we should do, where we should go, or who we should be.
There’s no shortage of teachings and lessons and articles and books on being and doing and becoming someone or something.
You know, often these voices (at least in my life) are good ones, and ones that are full of good intention and love and sincerity.
However, they are still just another person in the midst of many, with biases and hopes and dreams of their own. And rightfully so! We all have some kind of bend. It’s a rare gift for someone to speak to you directly, lovingly, and sincerely without coming from a place of bias or agenda. Someone who just loves you, without motives, but who believes in you and what God is doing with you.
A dear friend of mine recently said to me (directly) and to my wife (indirectly) that we shouldn’t be so worried or focused on the question, “What do I want to do?” but rather on the question, “Lord, what do you want/what are you inviting me into?”
We agreed that so many times in our lives when we thought we knew what we wanted we didn’t get it, and the result was better in the long run. Or worse, we got it and realized that it actually wasn’t what we wanted at all!
I really believe that the Lord knows what He’s doing with us. As best as we can, we are trying to listen to His still small voice, calling out to us to be who He’s made us. Just to be. Not to worry. Not to strain and strive. To put down the telescope of searching for the future and pick up the magnifying glass of seeing the present presence, now.
In that place we can be at rest and know ourselves, know how we’re made and what we’re made for. And be able to move forward without fear or worry of what’s to come.