We hear so much in church and at women’s conferences, and often read in books and magazines, about finding our “calling.” I believe wholeheartedly in callings from God, but deciphering true callings from incorrectly perceived callings is the tough part!
I have felt called to serve in many different ways. Right now, however, I feel called to live a life of chaos. I am serious, I truly do! Good, enjoyable, soul-feeding chaos, but chaos nonetheless.
Currently, I am called by God to motherhood, Christian blogging, writing a book, prison ministry, ministering to the homeless in my community, singing in the church worship band, and more. All of it feels so right, but keeps me so very busy!
Can you relate?
In general, our lifestyles as women in American society today really are chaotic. Each and every day we jump right into hectic expectations and schedules. Life gets really wild sometimes!
It is very important to listen for God and determine what callings for our time and talents are from him.
But what if we already have that figured out, and it still feels like almost more responsibility than we can bear?
What are we to do?
Here is my #1 quick fix; when I begin to feel panicky about my very full schedule and my over-full mind, I listen to the song “Breathe” by Jonny Diaz:
“Chaos calls, but all you really need is to just breathe.”
“Take it in, fill your lungs, it’s the peace of God that overcomes.”
Take several deep breaths and be reminded of God’s grace—we are his, and he’s got this! God is right there with us, guiding us through each chaotic day.
If God leads us to it, he will lead us through it, right?
As the song says, from the moment our alarm clock goes off in the morning, we are rushing for deadlines and schedules: kids schedules, work schedules, exercise schedules, prayer schedules, church schedules, hobby schedules, and the list goes on… And then, there’s all the events: parties, celebrations, sporting events, music events, and more. Even our social calendars these days are chaotic.
But as long as we don’t forget the most important part of our days, the time spent resting in God’s presence—“resting at his feet”—we WILL be alright!
Some days, those brief moments of peace for me might happen while driving from one place to the next and praying. Or, they may be the few moments between when my head hits my pillow at night and my exhausted body and mind fall asleep. The length of resting in God’s presence and peace is not important, as long as you connect with him each and every day!
Ladies, let’s move forward into each chaotic day, filled with rushing and events and exhaustion and lots of coffee, knowing that God has each of us in his grip and won’t let the chaos overcome us. His plan for our lives, the callings that he places on us, are important and very special, and he will provide us with enough time and energy to complete each and every God-given task!
And, through it all, may we strive to radiate that our lives belong to God, and that others see his glory through each of us.
I pray that each frazzled moment, each rushed drive to and fro, everything that we do and attempt to get done, every breath that we take (even the deep sighs of exhaustion) be dedicated to our callings from God, and lived out with the confidence that he will give us the energy we need to keep on!
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid,” John 14:27 (ESV).