I get lost often, which I should be embarrassed to share but it’s the truth.
I have a destination in mind. I equip myself with a nifty navigation app and yet I still find myself off course. Despite having Navi (I gave my navigation voice a name…it’s only right since we spent so much time together), talking me through the turns, the highway changes, alerting of upcoming traffic, I find myself frustrated and wondering…what now?
Have you ever set out for one destination and found yourself off course?
Maybe you thought you’d go to college become a doctor but found yourself married and raising children. Maybe you wanted to travel the world and see other countries yet you have spent the majority of your life in one state, visiting a few cities. Maybe you always wanted to be an acclaimed writer, write a novel, see it on the New York Times Bestsellers list yet you rarely write.
Stick with me here…
How do we find ourselves “lost” or misplaced in life?
I’m reminded of a verse “The purposes of a person’s heart are deep waters, but one who has insight draws them out.“ (Proverbs 20:5.) The purposes of our hearts, or our passions in life, are deep waters. Did you know the ocean, for example, reaches depths of more than 36,000 feet? Those are deep waters!
The various zones range from what’s commonly called the “Sunlight Zone” because it’s where the sunlight is most visible to “The Trenches”. In The Trenches it’s below freezing yet lift still exists.
Imagine, if our purposes are deep waters that we too have many layers. We have our Sunlight Zone moments when we can visibly see the sun. We see possibilities. We find our destination.
We also have The Trenches. It’s dark. It’s cold. We have yet again lost our way. But there is still life.
The scripture says “but one who has insight draws them out.”
Did you notice that? The scripture says “but one who has insight draws them”—your purposes—“out”.
Exploring My Heart
I found myself lost. Not lost physically but lost spiritually. I did not seek the assistance of Navi but of the Holy Spirit. I wanted so much to be in the Sunlight Zone but I felt myself being pulled into The Trenches.
How Dana, how did it happen?
You see when I’m driving with Navi she is usually right. Yet I decide to turn early or take a different direction. I do my own thing instead of following her lead. Much like driving a car in life I sometimes (it would be great to say not often but that may be a stretch) do my own thing. I believe I have a shortcut to success. I have a better idea than the one so beautifully crafted by my Father.
I know…silly… But it’s true.
So when I found myself in The Trenches, I prayed. I submitted my life and plans to God once again. I explored my heart. I wanted to know the depths of my heart. What is my purpose? Why has God placed me…right here…right now?
I then stumbled upon a quote credited to Aristotle: “Where talents and the needs of the world cross, therein lies your vocation.”
Thus, as I search my heart I considered my talents, the needs of those around me, and the gifts God has given me. I truly believe therein will lie my purpose.
As I explore I have been blessed to read some awesome books, attend great conferences, even the Sunday sermons have pointed me in the right direction. This direction was truly evidenced by what I’ve learned while reading a few books in particular:
- Not a Fan: Becoming a Completely Committed Follower of Jesus by Kyle Idleman
- Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World by Michael Hyatt
- Communicating for a Change by Andy Stanley
- And a few others.
These amazing authors, my clients, my students, pastors, close family and friends have provided insight drawing out that which lies in my heart. How many of you know that God can use anybody to get to you?
I take every word, sentence, interaction, hug as an opportunity to draw out my purpose and that of others.
This is merely the first post on my journey. I believe great things are coming if I stay the course. I’ll either learn to swim or learn to enjoy the scenic ride because I’m moving forward.