It was a normal day. Although it seemed like I had a million things to do, none of them were out of the ordinary. Choosing a birthday gift for my daughter’s weekend party, returning my son’s cleats that were a bit too small, purchasing fresh, steamed shrimp from Publix for dinner. Like I said…nothing out of the ordinary.
As I drove down a familiar street, my mind began to wander. I cannot even remember what I was thinking about, but before I knew it, I was turning into a parking lot that was not my desired destination. I looked around almost confused wondering how I missed my turn when I heard a still, small voice say, “Stop wandering and you’ll stop wondering.” Initially, I laughed. However, as I maneuvered back onto the busy street, those words lingered in my head and in my heart. I pulled up to the front of the grocery store, the right location, and sat for a moment.How did I go from consciously heading in the right direction to unconsciously arriving in the wrong place? What was I thinking and how did I so easily lose control of my thoughts? Does this happen to anyone besides me? I finally told myself, “Self, you are taking this way to serious!”
But as innocent as it seemed, could it be that “wandering” is the reason our journey to discovering our purpose takes longer than it should? In all honesty, when my spirit told me to “stop wandering and you’ll stop wondering,” I kind of had a Sarah moment. I laughed because I initially thought the words made very little sense, but as I sat in the parking lot, I thought to myself, “Do we wander from job to job all the while receiving career advice from others who are also wandering? Do we attain degrees in fields that yield financial prosperity but then struggle day-to-day with the emptiness of our souls?”
Dictionary.com defines wandering as, “to ramble without a definite purpose or objective; roam, rove, or stray: to go aimlessly, indirectly, or casually; to meander.”
When we wander from job to job, thought to thought, church to church, relationship to relationship, do we ever stop to ask ourselves, “If I am acknowledging God in all my ways and seeking first His Kingdom and all of its righteousness, then why do I keep wandering?”
These six little words spoke deeply to my heart because purpose is my passion! As women of faith, the enemy is intentional each day to derail us because he knows we are givers of life. This is true not only for those of us who bear children, but it is true of every woman who operates in purpose and shares her story to ignite the fire within others. There’s just something about seeing God’s chosen vessels doing what they were created to do that makes me come alive! I believe this “fullness of joy” could be grasped by so many more if we would simply stop allowing the enemy to remind us of past hurts, present struggles, and the future with all of its uncertainties. With all intentionality, we must stop our minds from wandering and focus on the One who is our Wonderful Counselor, our Prince of Peace, the Alpha and the Omega. He is the only One who has the answers to every wonder that dwells in our hearts and minds.
As I got out of the car, it was beginning to make sense. Stop wandering and you’ll stop wondering.
Proverbs 3:5-6 says it this way, “Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he’s the one who will keep you on track.”
What gets you excited? Read along with us for the next few weeks as we explore purpose and passion.
TJ WILLIAMS – From writing childhood poetry to penning heartfelt letters to her parents, TJ Williams has always found comfort in a pen. Now with the publication of her first children’s book, Why Are We Here, TJ is focused on making a difference by motivating individuals to seek God to discover their purpose.