Have you been called?

As I prepare for a talk I was asked to give to the youth at my church about my work at a Christian nonprofit, and how I was called to be there, I’ve been pondering that process of being “called.”

Until recently, I’m not sure I would have described my being there as a calling, since it felt at the time like I just started a new job. You hear about pastors being called into ministry. People are called to serve on committees or sessions. I’ve heard people say they were called into mission work, or into their chosen profession.

What does being called sound like? What does it feel like?

I still don’t know what I want to do “when I grow up.” I am currently on my 3rd career, each of them drastically different. But was that the plan all along?

What I have discovered in my current work is that I am using the skills and talents uncovered and developed in my two previous experiences. When I started this current job, I felt that I wanted to move to nonprofit work, and felt drawn to this particular ministry, but at that point, I would have taken pretty much any job offered me.

So did God call me? I’m becoming more and more convinced that He did. It wasn’t a voice or a dramatic moment (somehow I imagine hearing a deep, booming voice that says, “Carol, I call you to work in this ministry.”)

But now, looking back 4 years later, I do feel it was a calling. I was needed (am needed) at this ministry, to use the skills that I have, to help move it toward what God has in mind for it. Simple as that. I have also rediscovered my love of writing, since I write blogs for the website.

I see God appointments every day here, and I am learning that God’s timing is impeccable. I rest in the faith that things will happen for the right reasons and at the right time.

How has God called you? In what ways might He be calling you now?