Wednesday, August 17, 2011

My Calling~ His Pleasure

Do you ever wonder if God gets any pleasure from what you feel He has called you to do? Do you ever feel like it's pointless and wonder what's the use? I've been doing a lot of thinking about callings and our wills and decisions.

A very dear friend/cousin is needing to decide which fork in the road to take as it relates to vocation. All her options are wonderful, fulfilling and kingdom building. And yet she has to decide which one to do. I remember the feeling of uncertainty. It seems like surely God must have an opinion about what He wants you to do but you feel no clear leading one way or the other. It's like you are whirling around God's roundabout, the choices veering off like the spokes of a wheel. And not only are you flying around trying to get some sort of direction, but the people behind you are honking their horns, impatiently waiting for you to decide which road to take.

Why is it so hard to decide God's will? Why doesn't he put your name and an arrow at one of the roads?
And then there are those who seem to easily understand the specifics and the reasons of His calling. He calls them to something that He made them good at doing. I think of Eric Lidell, the man who could run like the wind.

"I believe God made me for a purpose, but he also made me fast. And when I run I feel His pleasure." Eric Lidell
We sometimes struggle with the mundane-ness of our callings. I don't feel His pleasure every time I arrange juicy red tomatoes on top of a bed of lettuce, put the bread on top, and finish a sandwich. There's no sort of spiritual thrill there. There is, however, an inside-my-heart sort of feeling that I am doing what He wants me to do right now. There are times when I look out and think of what all I could be doing. Bigger things. More thrilling things. Things that I feel would surely pleasure Him more. 

But you know, if I can't even happily put a sandwich together, wish someone a blessed day, smile at the grumpy and listen to the hurting, right in our own store I'm not sure how I'd do in the jungles of Ecuador. For, after all, "she does most in God's great world, who does her best in her own little world."

I highly recommend the book, The Grand Weaver, by Ravi Zacharias. He says,
The doctor reveres the patient for the same reason the ball player takes care of his physique. The particulars of their call differ because the site of their sancturary differs. But the privilege of individual access to God-anytime, anywhere-remains the same. That is what makes their calling equally sacred.
I like that. We each have a sanctuary. The place where we are in active service for God. Mine happens to be a deli/specialty food store. It's ordinary, glitter-free, and simple, but it's there I can worship. Because He has called me to be there.

And maybe someday I can be big enough to say:
I believe God made me for a purpose, but he also made me to serve people. And when I prepare pasta salad, I feel His pleasure.


  1. You knew I'd comment on this didn't you? :)Just a big thank you for this post...I'm touched and crying and I don't know whether I'm happy or sad or but either way, this was good for me. Bless you today in your pasta salad-ness. Also, I like the blog redo. (Even if it is pink)

  2. Wow Vicki! that was so beautifully said! I SO needed that reminder!

  3. Hey Vicky, thanks for that thought provoking post. I know what you mean by the "spokes of the wheel" feeling.I beleive it's something most dedicated christians deal with, esspecially young people. It seems decisions are hardest when there are multiple options. But you know, FAITH is a big word that sometimes feels like I have only BEGUN to understand. But I have wondered if these "multiple option" situations aren't sometimes to do exactly that: teach us more about faith and trust. I wonder what would happen if suddenly our paths and futures would be totally clear, and we would immediately see an arrow at every fork in the road? Would there be less need for prayer because we plainly see our path and wouldn't really need to communicate with God about it? Would we become more self-suffienct and feel less need for God? Just some thought, Love ya friend,Julia Whitt

  4. Hey Vicki, thanks so much for sharing this...I can deffinitly relate. :)Just what I needed at just the right time!!!

  5. Beautiful post, Vicki! :D The 'pasta salad' revised quote at the end made me smile. :D

    It was lovely seeing ya'll today at the store, even if it was just for a little bit. ;) I'm so glad the deli is doing well!

    Let me know if you have any trouble further tinkering with your blog...


  6. Melanie- :) yep, you've started me in a lot of thinking. Consider that a good thing :)

    Sheryl- glad to hear from you! I'm sure being a wife and mothering an active little boy is quite different from what i do in my calling :) You can't deal with a tomato slice and a youngun in quite the same way :) Would love to see you again....

    Julia W.- yes, I'm sure our not being able to see ahead is for our good and not for our confusion. And faith.... I know I need more of it.

    Lindsey- it was good hearing from you! It's nice to know that i'm not the only one who struggles with this :)

    Julia E (aka tech control :) I wish i could have talked to you today but such is life with customers :) And i think i've told you already :) but i really do like this new blog look !