1 Kings 19:11 “Go out and stand before me on the mountain,” the LORD told him. And as Elijah stood there, the LORD passed by, and a mighty windstorm hit the mountain. It was such a terrible blast that the rocks were torn loose, but the LORD was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake. 12And after the earthquake there was a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire. And after the fire there was the sound of a gentle whisper. 13When Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his cloak and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave.”
I’ve felt callings at several points in my life. I take the word calling to mean a priority on which God wants me to focus my effort. In addition to continuing to develop my relationship with Jesus, my callings are to care for my family and friends and my jobs at the Alley and Gethsemane. A calling doesn’t have to be a job, but right now I feel like my jobs are callings for me.
Recognizing a calling usually starts for me with an unsettled feeling that persists when I should feel settled. It’s a prompting to take action and usually doesn’t make sense within the context of my own schedule or plans (or comfort for that matter). I don’t always recognize what is happening right away, but with time and prayer it clarifies.
Sometimes those promptings have led me to “dead ends.” About 7 years ago, I felt the prompting to apply for a youth pastor position at the church where Bev grew up in Cook, MN. I really didn’t want to do it, but felt the pull so strongly that I knew I needed to pursue it. It would have required my leaving a good job, moving the family to a small town, leaving friends and some family behind (though moving near the other side of the family), all things that I didn’t want to do, but we put the decision in God’s hands. After a lot of prayer and having a couple of conversations with the lead pastor, he decided that I wasn’t going to be a candidate.
Honestly, Bev and I felt very relieved, but I look back on that as a time God prompted us and we responded. Like God prompted Abraham to take Isaac into the wilderness, sometimes God prompts us to action so He can see if we are listening.
So how about you? Are you listening? Are you feeling a prompting? Please take some time this week to pray about your calling and if it might be connected to Remedy.