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Does the Sign or Shepherd Matter?

The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.  John 10:3 NIV

Photo courtesy of pixabay.I waited for a sign from God about my calling for a long time.

I joke that God would need to use neon lights or drop my calling into my lap. Unless it was obvious, I’d probably miss it. So I spent three years praying the same prayer repeatedly, wondering if God heard me and thinking if I was in deep connection with Him, the calling should be pronounced.

I tried to see only what I wanted to see, thinking I knew best—wanting to know the whole plan instead of being obedient in the small things He sent my way. I thought if it was His will for me, it would be easy and have minimal risk.

How I respond to the sign—rather than the sign itself, is the bigger deal. My calling isn’t about me, but God. He is more concerned about my growth and dependence on Him than on my comfort. His purpose matters more than my plan.

When I think I need a sign, following certain tips aligns me with God’s will. I spend daily devotional time with Him, slowing down so I can accept the small steps He sends my way. When I get frustrated, I accept that I need more growing rather than thinking it’s not my calling.

Meeting with God keeps me from making mistakes and having mishaps. I know He has me right where He wants me. It might not be where I think I should be, but He is Jehovah Rohi. God is my Shepherd and knows what is best for me—along with the calling that fits me to a “T.”

Press on, press through, and focus on the Shepherd.

(Photo courtesy of pixabay.)

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Julie Loos

Julie Loos is a mom of five kids and has been happily married to Greg for seventeen years. She loves to read, eat chocolate, drink iced tea, and spend time writing in the midst of messes. You can visit her blog at www.unmaskingthemess.com. You can also follow her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/unmaskingthemess, Twitter at @juliealoos, or Instagram at juliealoos.