“Happiness is a butterfly, which when pursued, is always beyond your grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.” -Nathaniel Hawthorne
I’m not going to lie to you. Trying to figure out how to tie this quote into a blog post on pursuing your calling had me stumped for a little while. I had no idea how I was going to forge a cohesive post out of a quote that encourages you to be still when my purpose is to motivate you to pursue your calling. I spent a good 15 minutes staring at my computer screen in frustrated confusion before a stray word wiggled its way through my mind.
My thought process went something like this: Context. Hm, what? Context. Maybe I’m thinking of stillness in the wrong context, with the wrong associations. You’re thinking pursuit = progress and stillness = stagnation. Try to think differently. But what other kind of stillness is there? BE STILL AND KNOW THAT I AM GOD. Restful. Confident. Faithful. Calm. There’s my context.
I do a lot of inadvertent associations in my head. I think we all do. I was associating stillness with the wrong things, and I’m sure that would have ended in some kind of terribly forced metaphor or juxtaposition that would fall apart upon closer inspection.
I truly believe that stillness has a place in your pursuit of your calling. I think that stillness can also be called prayerful meditation. When you’re feeling lost, confused, and frustrated in your pursuit of your calling, stop and pray. Meditate. Ask God to show you the way. It may not always be the way you’re looking for, but I promise that God knows what He’s doing and He will never lead you astray. Have faith. Trust in that. Have faith. Sometimes all your journey needs is a little context.
God bless y’all! I hope you have a fabulous day!