Spiritual Practice

Spiritual GPS

Kaylea Hutson

GPS2 CC 4225307113_326c141e04_bAs a high school student, kneeling at the steps of the stage at Camp Galilee, I felt God tugging at my heart, calling me to serve in ministry. At that time, I didn’t know what following God’s call would look like or what it might mean for my life; but somehow I knew that God’s hand was guiding my life, pointing me in a certain direction, like a spiritual GPS.

In college, as I explored my potential career path, I struggled with my calling. I knew that God had given me the skills and gifts to write, but I was unsure how my love for writing would fit with my call. How could I be in ministry while pursuing a career in journalism?

Eventually, through the guidance and prayers of friends and mentors, I found my way to seminary. It was an unconventional path for a journalist; but I knew that if God were calling me to write for the church, I needed to grow in my knowledge of faith, church history, and, well, spiritual things. In seminary, I explored a variety of different ministries. Through lots of trials and a mistake or two or three, I discovered my passions: working with students and writing.

Since I graduated from seminary, my journey in ministry has taken many turns. Yet through it all, I have felt God’s presence, mainly through a peace that I can’t always explain but that I know is ever present in my life. Even when my life seems to get off track, I believe God continues to guide me, perhaps in ways that are unknown to me at the time.

For example, during one of my detours, I worked for an Internet newspaper, learning how to build simple websites and to create online slideshows. At the time, I never imagined that several years later I would use those skills to build and maintain websites for various ministries.

I still struggle with how I will live out my call; yet I know that my passion for ministry is a call, not just a job. So thirteen years after finishing seminary, I have started the process of becoming an ordained deacon in The United Methodist Church.

I’m not sure what God has in store for my life, but I face all big decisions with lots of prayer. I also know that sometimes I have to take a step, trusting that God’s GPS will guide my journey, steering me back on track if I take a wrong turn and leading me down the next road in my life.



devozine Lectio Divina TS 97648012When I have a big decision to make, I find comfort in Proverbs 3:5–6 and Jeremiah 29:11, knowing that God has a plan for me. Through trust and prayer, I know that God’s plan is slowly being revealed in my life.

What about you? What comfort and assurance do you receive from the words of scripture? So far, how has God’s plan been revealed in your life?

SAY A PRAYER: God, show me the path to follow and give me faith to trust you with my future. Amen.


Kaylea Hutson is a children’s pastor living in Northwest Arkansas.

—from devozine (March/April 2011). Copyright © 2011 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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