For years, my life was compartmentalized like so: Work. Play. Worship. With no overlap.
I’d heard of “callings,” and “vocations,” but figured these were words that more aptly applied to pastors, nuns and overseas missionaries.
Subconsciously, I knew from the time that I was my daughter’s age that the glory of God hovered all around. I just hadn’t named it as such. Meanwhile, I kept God in a nice little box next to the baptismal font. No wonder He seemed so small.
I remember as a child, sitting on the front of my Dad’s fishing boat, overwhelmed by the vastness of earth and water – cerulean sky reflected on a rippling monastery.
I remember spending hours behind the shed of my childhood home, picking lily-of-the-valley to fill Mom’s vase with the fragrantly sacred. Bell-shaped heads bowed low – humble acknowledgment of holy God. They knew more than I.
I remember laying on my back, on the edge of a canyon in the Chisos mountains of Texas during a hiking trip in college. I looked up at twinkling sky-jewelry cutting holes in the pitch of night. It was so vast; this Iowa girl, so small.
But to name it? No. I didn’t know what this was. Do I even now?
I still have trouble naming it. I’m the Queen of missed opportunities. God swirls all around, and I’m oblivious. I’m lazy, sitting cross-legged by the Lego church.
Thirty-nine years, I’ve lived. You’d think by now I’d know what a “high calling” really is. I’m learning, though. I’ve figured this much out: God’s work, while evident from the vantage point of a pew, is perhaps best seen on the bow of a boat, in a glory-filled vase or on the edge of a Texas canyon.
Or, better yet, in a toy-strewn playroom.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have an appointment with a child-tutor.
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