The Lord calls every soul in order that we may have life and have it in abundance, but in the age of screens and ear buds it is easy to miss the still small voice of the lord. There is an ever-growing detachment from oneself due to distractions. There is hardly a moment where you are left alone with your thoughts. Yet, this is where the Lord longs to meet you, and this is where He waits patiently for you.
To have ears attuned to God’s voice takes discipline. It means laying aside, for a time, the duties or distractions of the day to be still. Jesus himself sought solitude for prayer, how much more then should we. This time can be at any hour of the day. Rise 15 minutes earlier, turn off the radio when you drive by yourself, whatever it may be, be active in your pursuit for paradise. It is necessary to dwell in silence, so make yourself a dwelling place for the Lord.
But once you have accomplished to make a time of peace for yourself, how do you know what the Lord desires for you to hear? The Lord says, “Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you”. Not only does He know our hearts, but He has fashioned them. Because the Lord makes all things for Himself, this means that the Lord inhabits the innermost desires of our hearts. Therefore, when asking to what mission the Lord is calling you, look to those desires that He has laid in the innermost regions of your heart. In the pursuit of these inclinations, the Lord will speak with increasing clarity.
Lastly, the Lord is at every finite moment calling you to eternity. There is no task too small or mundane that cannot be done for the glory of our Lord. Whatever is done as a labor of love is pleasing to the Lord. In this way, the Lord makes Himself known to you in a very natural way. He calls you to be where you are and rest in the joys of the day by not lingering in times past or by craning forward to the worries of times to come. The Lord constantly calls us unto Himself; we must simply have the ears to hear Him.
“You have made us for yourself, O Lord, and our heart is restless until it rests in you.”. St. Augustine