Small Steps to Hear the Voice of Divine Discontentment
The sun was setting as Ron and I exited a favorite downtown restaurant the other evening. The beautiful late summer evening beckoned us to take a walk. Lake Coeur d’Alene was still. The boardwalk was quiet, almost empty—distinctly different from a few short weeks ago when crowded with summertime tourists. The almost-full moon, haloed in a starless sky, hung magnificently over dark-shadows of pine trees
Have you heard the term Heaven on earth? Well, I imagine this was it!
I asked Ron to take a picture of the moon. He said it wouldn’t work well since he had only the camera on his phone. I asked him to humor me and take it anyway.
As we stood atop the draw bridge on the boardwalk, overlooking the Coeur d’Alene Resort and Marina, I noticed a huge collection of spider webs loaded with spiders. I’m not a fan of spiders, but Ron loves taking their pictures. From the exact same spot, Ron took these two photos. (I’m SO glad I whined a bit about the moon shot, which I think is stunning! Our daughter, Sarah, called the spider photo, “gross, but amazing!”)
Even though taken from the same place, these photos show vastly different perspectives.
This is kind of what happens when we determine to listen to the voice of Divine Discontentment instead of voices speaking from our perceived inadequacies, our human logic, well-meaning family and friends, faith skeptics, negative news, ‘expert’ advisors or clanging cultural noise.
Even though our position doesn’t change, our perspective does. Instead of feeling like we’re caught in the web of ‘same old same old,’ we grow excited by the beauty of new possibility.
In the last post, I asked the question: What do we do when the voice of Divine Discontentment is bugging us? I told you I’m all about prudent actions and practical steps. Here are some I’ve discovered.
- Rather than running from the voice of Divine Discontentment, lean into it. Don’t permit voices warning, “You should …,” “Yes, but…,” “Remember when…,” or “What if…” douse the flickering flame guiding you toward significant transition.
- Beware of paralyzing “I’m too________” voices. You’re not “too young, too old, too out of shape, too uneducated, too shy, too broke, too busy, too unattractive, too messed up.”
- Seek the assistance of trusted advisors who will help you discover what the voice of your Divine Discontentment may be saying and will hold you accountable when you make the decision to do something about it.
- Keep making and taking “Action Steps,” including ones not so glamorous but necessary, related perhaps to issues like debt reduction, wellness, building networks or honing skills. Various types of steps are needed to get you where you’re called to go.
- Enjoy each day of the journey while not losing sight of whatever awaits.
Recently, I read a Scripture from the Amplified Bible. These words, with which I’ll close, gripped my imagination.
He has made everything beautiful and appropriate in its time. He has also planted eternity [a sense of divine purpose] in the human heart [a mysterious longing which nothing under the sun can satisfy, except God]—yet man cannot find out (comprehend, grasp) what God has done (His overall plan) from the beginning to the end. (Ecclesiastes 3:11)
I’m praying for you as you discover what the voice of Divine Discontentment is saying