God’s Call is Seldom Flashy, but It’s Always Powerful


God’s call on our lives is not always loud. In my experience, it’s quiet, unflashy, and simple.

In reflecting on my own call to ministry, I can pinpoint the night. It was a simple worship service at a camp when I was in high school. Most of the kids headed to the pizza party after the preaching was over, but I felt compelled to stay, pray, and respond. That response time turned into a couple hours. I still remember the power and stillness of that moment, and the moments following. I felt a sense of overwhelming confidence surrounding an otherwise very intangible moment. I have thought back to that experience on several occasions.

A few years later, the calling and vision to serve in the unique ministry of Harvest came while I was making copies in the school library. You can’t get much quieter than that. God used that moment to propel me into a realm of ministry I never would have been able to create on my own.

God may whisper a calling, but it’s not small.

Throughout Scripture, God’s invitation was often quiet.

The burning bush doesn’t seem like a loud event. It was a burning bush. It was a simple invitation. But the ramifications from that call have resounded through all of history.

Be on the lookout for God’s call.  It may be compelling, energizing, and powerful; but it probably won’t be loud.

How do we discover God’s call?  By staying close to Him, listening for His voice, and obeying even the smallest things.

I think this may be one of the reasons the name “quiet time” for devotions became so popular. It’s in the quiet that we are able to hear God’s voice leading us.

Where are you sensing God leading you?  His still small voice calls every believer.

Trust in the LORD with all your heart; and lean not upon your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will direct your path. – Proverbs 3:5-6

Delight yourself in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart. – Psalm 37:4

Where your talents and the needs of the world cross, there lies your vocation.” – Aristotle

When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left and could say, ‘I used everything you gave me.'” – Erma Bombeck


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