So, as I began exploring the possibility of staying home, I found myself faced with questions regarding my overall vocation and calling. I guess that’s probably natural. According to the StrengthsFinder, my second strength is Deliberative. This means that I am a thinker and a planner. Shocking, I know.
Anyway, back to vocation. Frederick Buechner defines vocation as “the place where your deep gladness meets the world’s deep need.” I LOVE that!
I stumbled upon another book in my office: Let Your Life Speak by Parker Palmer. Again, I really connected with this book, and I’m sure many of you will too.
It seems like this past year has been full of thunderstorms, weariness, and jagged cliffs, but I also feel like those things have been leading me toward something better. I have felt so confined, spread so thin, and I have worried myself sick.
This reminds me of one of my favorite verses: “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, when you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything” (James 1:2-4).
Life is discouraging sometimes. Overwhelming sometimes. Extremely stressful sometimes.
So, for now, perseverance. And a pilgrimage.