Most of us have many work experiences in our lives. It was not that we continued to try to “find ourselves” in continuous pursuit, but that perhaps work would find us.
It seems that those who would use the pursuit of money as the main driver are the ones who are most disappointed, and those who simply like “change” run a close second. I must confess that change has always intrigued me, but live a life long enough, and life will often hand you what you appear best suited for and keep you there a while.
If I were to blame anything, it would be that impatience that moves us past God’s voice in the matter. That would be because many of us cannot distinguish His voice from our own. Or, that we had not been counseled to listen for it. That may be true in my case. I found ultimate purpose very late in life as a painter and sometimes writer; now a more dedicated writer and seldom painter
Those of you who have read my earlier blogs may well have counseled me; “perhaps you should go back to painting”… and they would probably be the people who had not seen my paintings,
In any case this has been my life since my retirement twenty-five years ago. It has never been profitable, but it has been hugely fulfilling because God chose to direct me in these pursuits. My art has been basically Christian narrative. My writings have tried to be inspirational. I still don’t know if He meant it to be my “life’s work” but it certainly has made my “life” work.
A favored quote on the subject is by Sharon O’Brian, the noted teacher-writer; it goes; “Writing became such a practice of discovery’, that I couldn’t wait to get to work in the morning. I wanted to know what I was going to say”. At first glance this may seem a bit self- important, that one would be so excited to hear one’s voice. I think, if you believe that God is the author and finisher of our faith, then you believe that it is a joint effort, where you are only there to supply the paper and dabble with the punctuation.
Alternately, I cannot wait to see what God has to say. Sometimes I listen as I imagine doing in this writing. Often I run off and say something not worth reading when I am alone.
Do not give up looking for God’s purpose in your life. If you hear Him in this very reading don’t just “like it”; love it enough to believe He is constantly working in us all; in all things we put HIS mind to.