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Tuesday, 15 September 2020 07:00

Redirecting Your Focus

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We may think that vocational discernment is about good decision making, but often discernment actually gives us a clearer sense not so much of what to do but about who we are meant to be.  

In my formation as a spiritual director, part of my studies involved directing a lady through the 30-day spiritual exercises of St Ignatius of Loyola. On one of my free mornings I planned to walk the Spring Gully track (40 minutes).  After two hours I realised that I was no longer where I thought I was meant to be.  I knew I was off track as I looked around and could see I was heading further down into a steep valley.  As an inexperienced hiker I had no maps, compass, mobile phone or even water or food supplies. I continued to make many wrong turns, and slid down dirt tracks.

Yet even in my desperation I knew that God was with me. I began follow the sound of a motor bike in the distance, but I got further lost. Although I really wanted to give up as my situation seemed hopeless, something inside me was saying to reject any form of discouragement and anxiety and move in the opposite Spirit: to speak God’s word and remember that his grace is sufficient and he has won the victory over all darkness. God answered my prayer for a visible sign in the form of a deer and when I saw it I somehow knew the end of this ordeal was near. 

In discovering what your mission is for this world’s needs, we might make some wrong turns and even feel lost or hopeless.  Ultimately, though, we need to surrender ourselves to wholly trusting God in the process, that no matter what, we belong to him and are his own.  And he leaps over the mountains, just like my friendly deer, to join us to himself.

Rachel Fleurant