No one likes to be in the dark, right? Especially when things like purpose, calling or hearing from God are at stake.

But have we put too much emphasis on knowing the “big picture”? Don’t get me wrong, fulfilling God’s purpose for your life is very important. But if we’re too focused on the big picture, we can miss a lot of clues and opportunities along the way.

When I was younger, I’d pray and ask God to show me my purpose. My high school years were coming to an end, and I was about to enter the “real world.”

One time I remember being at a party before my graduation. After spending some time at this party, I felt God’s Spirit tell me to chat with a girl standing in the corner of the room. Quite honestly, I didn’t want to. I didn’t know her, and she didn’t seem like someone I’d usually talk to. But I obeyed anyway.

I awkwardly tried to strike up a conversation. “Hello, I’m Arden,” I said. “How are you doing?”

She began to cry.

“What’s wrong?” I asked. She started sharing with me that she had promised herself tonight would be her last if no one showed her kindness. She was planning to take her life.

Chatting with this girl seemed like such a small action. But that one small act of obedience caused a lonely girl to encounter God’s love.

It was in small actions like this that I began to discover clues directing me to my purpose—clues that couldn’t have been found in a magnificent vision of the future.

I know without a doubt that God has a plan for your life that’s far greater than you could imagine (it is grandiose). But if you get too caught up in the big picture, you may miss what God can do through small acts of obedience.

Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.” (Isaiah 30:21 NIV)

As you journey to discover your purpose, I want to encourage you to be expectant for the big call that God has placed on your life. But I also remind you to look for the everyday miracles . . . they are some of the building blocks of your purpose.

“If you are faithful in little things, you will be faithful in large ones.”  (Luke 10:16 NLT)

Don’t miss the seemingly little things. In the end, these little things may end up being the most important.



  1. Wow this really hit me today! So powerful yet still and simple message. This totally makes me long for more intimacy with the Lord!

  2. Thanks for the reminder! In the end, the pressure of having to know your purpose can be overwhelming and lead to depression, but if you think of the big picture as a puzzle, consisting of the small choices you make every day, the weight of this expectation is lifted off.

  3. Andrea Neagu

    Over the last year and a half, I have been hearing the Holy Spirit’s small whispers to my heart. I acted in obedience and continue to pray for the beginning processes through the work of the Lord. Some of these ideas the Lord has put on my heart can be feared by some, but they serve a grander purpose. What a great message that was brought last week at just the right time to remind me that God continues to do His work in my life – His plan will always remain if the heart is willing to remain in Him. Thank you so much for the Word; you will be so abundantly blessed!

  4. Amen! Perfect to hear around this time of year of busy season:) Merry Christmas to your family!

  5. Powerful…needed to hear this. Keep teaching us the Word of God Arden!

  6. Such a powerful message and reminder. Thanks for sharing this!

  7. This was such a good word and totally resonated with me! Thanks for all the work you put into these weekly posts! I look forward to them every week!

  8. Amazing words to meditate on always!!! The whisperer is closer then we may think. The Holy Spirit is looking for willing vessels to lean into the little whisper and take a risk. The more we risk/trust the more He will entrust. Keep trusting in his goodness. Keep trusting in his kindness. Keep trusting in his daily mercies. Keep trusting in his spoken promises through his word. Clear eyes focused on Jesus with full hearts of love for the father. We can’t lose this daily journey. He is faithful to perform it until our time here comes to a close and we walk into eternity. My final thought is keep going keep trusting for the scripture says, “Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”” Never forgot His presence is our gift.
    ‭‭Matthew‬ ‭28:20‬ ‭NLT‬‬