I was an avid cartoon watcher as a child. I had many favorites, but one scene sticks in my mind of Sylvester the Cat and Tweety Bird. Sylvester was always trying to catch Tweety, but was unable to do so (or else the series would have come to an end!). One of his regular ploys was to set up a box that was kept off the ground by a stick with a string attached to it. Sylvester would lure Tweety into the box, using a trail of breadcrumbs, which Tweety would follow and eat one at a time. Then Sylvester would pull the string, at which point the box would trap Tweety.
Sylvester actually caught him a few times, if I remember correctly, but he was never able to hold him, for Tweety would always confuse or trick Sylvester into releasing him (sometimes Grandma would beat Sylvester over the head until he let Tweety go or Butch the Bulldog would take care of business with Sylvester).
I am sure you were spellbound by that summary, and at this point are ready to move stop reading and move on to something more meaningful. How is the scenario I described relevant to anything at all in your life or PurposeQuest? I maintain it is an accurate picture of how your purpose pursuit can unfold. Let me explain.
When you are searching for your purpose, it is important that you walk in the truth and insight you have today. Each shred of evidence or truth creates a bread crumb trail that will lead you to your purpose. For example, you may really want to pursue dance lessons today. That is bread crumb that you are to pick up and consume. Then you have a desire to take art lessons. You can't see yet how that will fit into your purpose, but you simply "go with it" and take the lessons.
Then you want to take a creative writing class, again with no rhyme nor reason for that desire. Down the road, however, you can find yourself as a creative instructor, a playwright, or a creativity consultant, able to speak into all kinds of creative situations because of your background and training. You followed the trail of interests and it directed you where you needed to go.
Too often, we want to know the end from the beginning when we aren't ready to know. All we need to know is what we need to do today and trust the Lord for tomorrow. In time, it will unfold. Winston Churchill pursued a life of varied interests and pursuits that included his share of failures. After he had followed his breadcrumbs, it led him right to where he needed to be - the protector of the free world during World War II.
FOLLOW THE CRUMBS
Are you working hard, agonizing even, to figure out how all the pieces of your life fit together, but you have no answers? No pattern has emerged and you are wondering, perhaps even worrying, that you are off course. Maybe you are doubting purpose altogether, ready to just go find a job (or keep the unfulfilling one you have now). I can only encourage you not to give up, but just to relax, be patient, and follow the breadcrumbs.
At the right time, God will pull the string and you will find yourself surrounded and encompassed by purpose - just like Tweety in the box that Sylvester set up for him. God has a purpose box for you, and if you will just follow His path, He knows how to get you to the right place at the right time where purpose is concerned. Have a blessed week - but watch out for Sylvester!