Some of us will sit at the phone waiting for “the call”. Others will first check call waiting. For those who do check, they will find God had summoned us at conception.
We speak of the “call” in many non-religious ways; call of the wild, called to terms, call to action, or call to change. We characterize it as if it is some unknown summons served by some entity outside ourselves; one that we have some option to recognize or reject.
Oswald Chambers in his “My Upmost for His Highest” puts his finger on it when he concludes; “The call of God can never be stated explicitly; it is implicit. The call of God is like the call of the sea, no one hears it but the one who has the nature of the sea within him.”. It is this understanding that purpose is something that is not pried or nurtured out of us. …It is instilled in us. It comes as a natural and fundamental part of who we are.
As it is in all things God given, it is ours to accept or reject. The rejection however consigns us to a life of frustration and waste that, in the end, will never fulfill God’s intention for us, and will bear heavily upon us. As in the call of the sea, we may hear it being voiced by the Holy Spirit who cries for response until it is answered. Rom 11;29 advises; “For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.”
People around us will seldom hear the that constant ringing within you. They associate and confuse it with visions of what they intend for you in your “life’s work”. They may even pick up the phone and respond, “He is not here” fearing competition with their own perception as to who you should be.
Good advise would be to cast your boat out upon that sea of quiet contemplation where those wisperings of God’s purpose may be registered. A place where you find direction to that promised shore of fulfillment and creativity in His image.
Wadsworth has it; “High is our calling friend! Creative Art (whether the instrument or words she (he) use. the pencil pregnant with ethereal hues) demands the service of a mind and heart, though sensitive, yet, in their weakest part, Heroicly fashoned.” (Moreover, it is fashioned by our loving Father in heaven).
Check call waiting. It’s the first call.