I don’t want to sound fussy and pedantic, but my general experience is that it is always more about my finally allowing God to find me than any divine-searching detective work on my part.
In J.D. Salinger’s Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters, there is a memorable line: “I’m a kind of paranoiac in reverse. I suspect people of plotting to make me happy.” Over time, I’ve come to believe that God and God’s people are certainly trying their best to make my life a glorious adventure.
Some of the biggest life changes I’ve experienced were not initiated by me, but by my Superiors and/or by circumstances. At those moments, I’ve often found it difficult to see where God is involved but, once I get settled into my new situation and gain a little perspective, I begin to see and appreciate that the move was good and the change was needed for me to stretch and grow. God works through others and through me to lead me to a fuller and better life.
I believe that God has big dreams for all of us and is constantly inviting us to choose freedom over fear, generosity over greed, compassion over comparison, and service over selfishness. [Sorry! Got a bit carried away with the alliteration…] As such, I’m sure that God is involved in all our decisions, no matter how seemingly trivial. But I’m also sure that God is there plotting to make me happy, so God is not there with a divine remote control but, instead, gently invites us to greater love.