No one likes to be in the dark, right? Especially when things like purpose or calling are at stake.

But have we put too much emphasis on knowing the “big picture”? Don’t get me wrong, fulfilling God’s purpose for your life is very important. But if we’re too focused on the big picture, we can miss a lot of clues and opportunities along the way.

When I was younger, I’d pray and ask God to show me my purpose. My high school years were coming to an end, and I was about to enter the “real world.”

One time I remember being at a party before my graduation. After spending some time at this party, I felt God’s Spirit tell me to chat with a girl standing in the corner of the room. Quite honestly, I didn’t want to. I didn’t know her, and she didn’t seem like someone I’d usually talk to. But I obeyed anyway.

I awkwardly tried to strike up a conversation. “Hello, I’m Arden,” I said. “How are you doing?”

She began to cry.

“What’s wrong?” I asked. She started sharing with me that she had promised herself tonight would be her last if no one showed her kindness. She was planning to take her life.

Chatting with this girl seemed like such a small action. But that one small act of obedience caused a lonely girl to encounter God’s love.

It was in small actions like this that I began to discover clues directing me to my purpose—clues that couldn’t have been found in a grandiose vision of the future.

I know without a doubt that God has a plan for your life that’s far greater than you could imagine (it is grandiose). But if you get too caught up in the big picture, you may miss what God can do through small acts of obedience.

Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.” (Isaiah 30:21 NIV)

As you journey to discover your purpose, I want to encourage you to be expectant for the big call that God has placed on your life. But I also remind you to look for the everyday miracles . . . they are some of the building blocks of your purpose.

“If you are faithful in little things, you will be faithful in large ones.”  (Luke 10:16 NLT)

Don’t miss the seemingly little things. In the end, these little things may end up being the most important.


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