I raised the following question with a group of young gals whom I mentor, “How do you recognize, or see, the pattern, the puzzle pieces if you will, of God’s working and leading (through the Holy Spirit) in your life? After some discussion it was determined clarity in this area for some would be helpful. I went on to say, “I believe bread crumbs are helpful. How can we understand, how can we recognize or see the pieces of the puzzle without ‘bread crumbs’ along the way”. “Bread crumbs?” came the reply. Bread crumbs are path markers, tools we use to remind us of where we are in the process. Unlike an actual puzzle where you see the completed picture from the beginning, God unfolds his picture, unique to each of us, a little at a time.
My bread crumbs are found in my journaling. In my journals you will find Scripture or passages recorded when I felt the Holy Spirit had spoken specifically to me. I include questions which need to be answered to provide clarity in understanding. I record the answers as they are revealed. I include thoughts and impressions at the moment. At times I journal character building moments. These are moments when God uses Scripture to teach me; to correct me. After all the goal of a child of God, a “Prince or Princess” is to reflect the Father. You will also find words of praise and thanks for his willingness to provide and interact in my life.
Other methods one might use: Recording a date next to a verse in one’s Bible when one believes God spoke to them on a particular subject. This method allows one to go back through their Bible and see patterns or pieces unfold, like a puzzle, providing them a clearer picture. Then there is “Bullet-Journaling”, or the 3×5 card method I devised many years ago. Using 3×5 cards, you write notes similar to my journaling style. A person may also choose to jot quotes from books, or thoughts from a teaching message, radio or television program, or conversations with friends. The 3×5 method uses bullet point’s rather than complete paragraphs; hence the name, “Bullet-Journaling”. These are only a few ways to leave a trail of spiritual bread crumbs.
I’m privileged to have observed the workings of the Holy Spirit in the lives of many. The ones who travel the most miles in their adventurous journey with God, staying on a clear path, recognizing the Holy Spirit’s leading, leave a trail of bread crumbs. Leaving a trail provides clarity and a sense of purpose and direction. Others, who do not feel the need for any kind of bread crumb system, seem to travel aimlessly, grabbing for this dream, or that one, or maybe the next one. Their dream, their goal or vision gets lost in impatience, confusion and indecision. Because there are no bread crumbs to retrace, they often decide they must have been wrong, they didn’t really hear God at all. Therefore, they move on to the next greatest adventure, determined, once again, to find God’s direction for their life. I think the saddest outcome is when they give up and settle for less than God ever intended.
Being who I am, I must ask my fellow Christian sojourners, “Are you being swayed, or drifting in the wind by whatever comes your way? Are you able to see God at work in your life and recognize his leading; his vision for you?” Can you see the pieces coming together? “If not, perhaps it time for a little bread crumb scattering. If you would like to understand more about leaving “bread crumbs”, please ask your questions by leaving a comment or email me privately.
Would also love to hear how you recognize God at work in your life.
Until next time,