What we would give sometimes to just know what God's will is for our lives...
If only there were scripture that would lay it out...spell it out...state clearly in black and white...
Why does life have to be so nebulous...confusing...full of intersections with no turn signals?
So I found a passage in scripture that does state God's will for those who have trusted in Him...
1 Thessalonians chapter 5 lists several things to do and a few things not to do and verse 18 seems to capture the central idea: "give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you."
The circumstances of our lives are an ocean that we swim in but an ocean that we do not control. This verse is reminding us that God does control the ocean, even though at times we may seem to be floundering and sinking. He is greater than that ocean of circumstance and is using every aspect of our individual circumstance to grow us and use us to glorify Himself. We are experiencing God's will as we recognize Him in the midst of our circumstances and we are in God's will when we thank Him regardless of circumstance. God's will for us is our very best, not only despite our circumstances...but in the midst of them!