A walk along a path bordering a lake granted glimpses of sunshine and new life. Robins flitted among the tree branches. Blue jays wrestled playfully in the grass. Green buds began their unfurling toward Spring. Each creature, bloom and blade of grass reached skyward in an act of worship. All knew the grand plan as their purpose unfolded. Rediscovering life’s purpose is not always as simple as a walk around a lake. But this day new life trumped uncertainty.
The dance of new life displayed simplicity and certainty. The rhythm matched the gentle breezes blowing as I captured each piece of beauty and stored it in my memory. I struggled with the ease of the springtime dance wondering if reaching my purpose would ever flow as smoothly.
With a hitch in my step, I slowed down. I let my footsteps and breathing begin the descent into a place where I could listen and be still. Time slowed down on the path by the lake as God pulled me away from my doubts. The worship music piping through my ear buds became distant and the truth of God grew louder.
Many times we feel we don’t hear from God because of distraction. Rediscovering life’s purpose is a goal that seems impossible to reach. But when we least expect it God answers our prayers pieces of the puzzle start fitting together. The walk around the lake was just a bonus.
My story continues to unfold and as I seek my purpose again, I find that it never goes away but is refined and reframed. God wrote my beautiful story and each chapter evolves in His perfect timing. I look ahead and desire to know every detail–what’s going to happen and when it’s going to happen. Purpose appears to get lost in my desire to get to the future faster than God’s timing. The striving caused me to lose focus and believe I couldn’t see my purpose.
What I know about God continues to amaze me. He clearly defined my purpose when He wrote out the story of my life. It remains part of who I am even in the times I lose sight of where I am going. Major life shifts such as retirement do not result in lost purpose but instead, God grants a time of refinement and clarification as we move forward again. For almost two years, I felt like I was holding on tightly to rediscovering my purpose. I looked for something brand new rather than using the gifts that God wrote into my story. As I walked around the lake last week, I heard God say “I’m listening.”
God took the pieces of my purpose and put them back together again. The prayers that whisper through my lips have not been in vain. God takes our dreams and molds them into our purpose. The catch is that we need to patiently wait for His timing to walk in sync with our dreams. All it took was a walk around a lake to provide a clear perspective and affirmation from those around me to point me in the direction towards my purpose.
God’s words from Ephesians share the truth of how He has always had designs on us for glorious living. I’m letting these words soak in this week. What truth of God speaks to you as you seek to know Him better?
It’s in Christ that we find out who we are and what we are living for. Long before we first heard of Christ and got our hopes up, he had his eye on us, had designs on us for glorious living, part of the overall purpose he is working out in everything and everyone. Ephesians 1:11-12 MSG
Walking in purpose with God!
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