Far too often in my life, I have wondered what God was calling me to and spent hours trying to read into what I thought were signs and possibilities. More often than not, this resulted in paralysis by analysis, and I didn’t move.

Last night one of my youth group students asked about hearing God’s will for His life and how one can be sure not to miss God’s call. I hope I answered his question well, but in thinking about it again this morning I realize that it all comes down to movement. Don’t be like I have been in the past and stand still trying to analyze everything and read between the lines. Instead, move forward and God will guide you.

As it says in Isaiah 30:21, “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.”

If you move forward, God will guide your steps. In fact, He is already guiding them, which brings me to the picture at the top of this post. At some point(s) in your life, if you are indeed moving forward, God’s will and plan for you will be perfectly, crystal clear. It is at those points that you look back at the path you’ve walked and you see what I call breadcrumbs.

Breadcrumbs are anchor moments. In creative writing we call them plot points because these happenings are major turning points or clues that influence the overall arch of the story and characters. A breadcrumb moment could be when you met someone for the first time, broke up with someone, took a class, experienced a painful tragedy or truth, started a new hobby, or reconnected with someone from your past. You’ll realize that all of these incidents were major turning points in your own story. And when you look back these breadcrumbs, more often than not you’ll see where God was leading you all along, telling you to go left or go right, guiding you in the direction of His will in order to fulfill His call on your life.

So move forward, trusting that God will guide you, and every so often look back at how far you’ve come, and the turning points that brought you to where you are.