Do you ever find yourself wondering what God has next?
Yeah, I know. You’re probably thinking, “Duh. Happens all the time, Putman.”
That’s what I’m thinking as I sit here in Starbucks preparing this post. This is not the first time that I’ve neared the end of a phase of life and wonder what’s next? Where does He want me to go first? Right now it’s reevaluating whether I’m supposed to make changes as I get my MBA. I don’t want to, but I do want to be open to His leading.
So what’s next?
Think about the last character you fell in love with in a novel, movie, TV show. What was one of the things that attracted you to them? Probably the journey they were on. Some part of it resonated with you. Some part of it echoed in your soul and stayed with you.
Maybe some element compelled you to examine an area in your life. Maybe it pointed to an area of healing. An area of growth. An area of change.
For example, when I watch the Thin Man movies, in the interactions between Nick and Nora, I am reminded what selfless love looks like as Nick gets up — albeit a bit reluctantly — to make breakfast for Nora in the middle of the night. Sometimes (okay, most of the time) I value my sleep. Yet in that simple scene, I’m reminded what love can and should look like. I’m urged to live a bigger, better love by his example.
That can and does happen in novels. I learn to be empathetic to the struggles of others. To understand journeys unlike my own. And maybe I hear an echo in my soul…what next, Lord?
Can you think of a character’s journey that has challenged you? Or are you in the middle of a What next? moment? How do you handle those?