Do you ever recognize that feeling that God is using you for a purpose? That feeling comes where you feel like you are being called to something bigger than you have ever faced before. It is quite a feeling and many of us meet that calling in different ways. Some embrace it and let the Spirit guide them while others chose to maybe stay on the sideline and not act. That choice can come from fear of the unknown or lack of faith in where you are being guided.
There are also those times where you may feel that you are not being guided or you are just not sure what it is God wants you to do. These feelings may come in times of uncertainty. Maybe career disappointments, challenges with your family, or any of a number of other things. Maybe you were pursuing a career opportunity you hoped and prayed would pan out. Then at the end it does not pan out and you are left wondering what next. My brother Rob, said something to me yesterday that was pretty powerful. We recognize God’s hand during those joyous times, but we often fail to realize that even in those times of what may be disappointment, it is really the God’s hand sheltering you. Maybe protecting you from what may not be a good road or maybe he is just not ready for you to move just yet. Believe me, when He is ready for you to move, He will move you.
Life presents so many challenges and also so many reasons to celebrate. We were created for God’s purpose, so the best thing that any of us can do is to get out of our own way and let His Spirit work through us. We allow that to take place and we will be guided to where we were meant to be. It may be a bumpy road. It may be filled with many trials, but you will be that much stronger for it in the end. St. Francis of Assisi is quoted as saying, “If God can work through me, He can work through anyone.” That’s just another example of how important each of us are. We all have part to play if we just let the Spirit work. The Holy Spirit is always here to guide us. Paul said in Romans 8:26, “And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words.”
So what stops you from opening up to God’s plan and letting Him work through you. It may not always be evident, but He is always at work in our lives. I’ve seen in through my family and friends and in my overall outlook of life and faith. If you close off from God’s purpose for you, how can you ever expect t come alive fully. Our spiritual growth is the foundation of who we are. Without it, nothing will matter.