But…Why Are You Here?

Posted By on May 15, 2011 in FH Blogger Trips | 38 comments


It is the question behind the questions.

Random Stranger: Do you have kids?

Me: Nope. I’m single. And childless.

Random Stranger: Ohhhh, what do you do?

Me: I work for Thomas Nelson. I do Corporate Communications.

Random Stranger: So, you are here for work?

Me: No, I actually took vacation to come. I am blogging for the conference.

Random Stranger: You blog? What is your blog about? Is it an adoption or advocacy blog?

Me: No, it’s not an adoption or advocacy blog. It’s about little of this, a little of that, mostly my random musings on life.

I know exactly what they are trying to make sense of. The question behind the questions. Why am I, of all people, at the Christian Alliance for Oprhans Summit? It is actually a question that I have been sorting through as well.

The Summit was my second orphan care conference. Yet, I still have no answers from people, or more importantly from God, on what I should be doing to help with this issue that is breaking my heart. Only some wonderful new friends and a piles of information on how passionate individuals are making a difference, changing the lives of children around the world, and living out the Gospel.

I had a great couple of days at the Summit. And as for the question behind the question, I’ll let you know as soon as I have the answer we’re both looking for.

Have you ever asked yourself, why am I here?

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  • http://felicitywhite.com Felicity White

    I have asked myself that! : ) But I’m learning to trust my gut a bit more. Sometimes I just feel like I should do this or go here and I’m learning obey even if I don’t have a clear reason. I think it is cool that you are being faithful to those nudges. I’m sure it will all come together eventually. 

    • http://lindseynobles.com Lindsey Nobles

      Thanks Felicity! 

    • http://lindseynobles.com Lindsey Nobles

      Thanks Felicity! 

    • http://lindseynobles.com Lindsey Nobles

      Thanks Felicity! 

  • http://www.not2us.net Lindsay Goodwin

     All. The. Time.

    God is calling your heart there/here, Lindsey, and that’s reason enough to be there/here.  Don’t give up and don’t get impatient.  (Or at least try not to.)  The answers will come.  One day, it will all make sense and you’ll look back and go, “Huh…I never saw all that adding up!”  :)

    • http://lindseynobles.com Lindsey Nobles

      I sure hope so :) No, I know you are right. I am hopeful and excited about what’s in store for me. 

    • http://lindseynobles.com Lindsey Nobles

      I sure hope so :) No, I know you are right. I am hopeful and excited about what’s in store for me. 

    • http://lindseynobles.com Lindsey Nobles

      I sure hope so :) No, I know you are right. I am hopeful and excited about what’s in store for me. 

  • Chris Freeman

    Lindsey, even for those of us with adopted kids who attended, we ask ourselves this question too, so you are not alone. We aren’t working for a ministry, an orphan organization, or in the midst of another adoption. Yet in God’s sovereign wisdom we were there, to eventually accomplish something with Kingdom purposes. God has given you have a voice and audience that most of us will never have and he placed you there for a purpose. Use your voice as God leads and the why’s will reveal themselves in due time.

    nihaocowboy.blogspot.com

    Chris

    • http://lindseynobles.com Lindsey Nobles

      Thanks for the encouragement Chris. I didn’t feel any judgement. Just a sense of wonder about what was next for me…a sense that I feel too.  

    • http://lindseynobles.com Lindsey Nobles

      Thanks for the encouragement Chris. I didn’t feel any judgement. Just a sense of wonder about what was next for me…a sense that I feel too.  

    • http://lindseynobles.com Lindsey Nobles

      Thanks for the encouragement Chris. I didn’t feel any judgement. Just a sense of wonder about what was next for me…a sense that I feel too.  

  • Amanda

     I respect you so much, Lindsey.

    • http://lindseynobles.com Lindsey Nobles

      I respect you so much, Amanda. And I am loving watching (from afar) you and Curtis step into your calling.  

    • http://lindseynobles.com Lindsey Nobles

      I respect you so much, Amanda. And I am loving watching (from afar) you and Curtis step into your calling.  

    • http://lindseynobles.com Lindsey Nobles

      I respect you so much, Amanda. And I am loving watching (from afar) you and Curtis step into your calling.  

  • http://bahava.wordpress.com Katy

     me! i certainly have. i ask myself it and i get asked it. and i seem to get asked the lovely “oh…aren’t you going to go do something more…?” i work as the children’s director at my church and with special ed kiddos as a para at an elementary school, but i have a college degree. not in education. in political science of all things. and my heart beats africa. but i’m here. 
     just last night at a wedding of all the lovely places to gut punch a single girl…after i told them what i was doing i got asked, “oh is that what you want to do or do you want to be a mom?” and i’m like uh where’d that come from! i’m just trying to find shreds of joy in being faithful in the waiting and sure i’d love to be in africa with a husband and be a mom or even just working with orphans, but god hasn’t led me there {yet} and so yeah i soak up all the orphan care, adoption, africa info that i can…and wait hoping that god will use these passions for good someway, somehow, in His mysterious timing and try to find trust even as it looks differently.

    so you’re definitely not the only one and i’m trusting and believing and praying God will use it for good in your life. :)

    • http://lindseynobles.com Lindsey Nobles

      So nice to know that I am not alone :) God, has created you for amazing things. Just keep taking steps as He lights your path. That is all we are called to do. 

    • http://lindseynobles.com Lindsey Nobles

      So nice to know that I am not alone :) God, has created you for amazing things. Just keep taking steps as He lights your path. That is all we are called to do. 

    • http://lindseynobles.com Lindsey Nobles

      So nice to know that I am not alone :) God, has created you for amazing things. Just keep taking steps as He lights your path. That is all we are called to do. 

  • http://jeremysconfessions.com Jeremy Statton

     I met a couple at Catalyst las week that resembles this post. They told me that they were beginning the process of selling their “big” house and their extra car. He was planning on quitting his job, and she had already done it. If asked why, they could not give you a specific reason. They just felt that God wanted them to do something else. So they were selling their stuff to get ready when God made it clearer. 

    Maybe you are just getting ready.

    • http://lindseynobles.com Lindsey Nobles

      What a cool story…Catalyst Dallas sounded incredible. Hope you had a great couple of days! 

    • http://lindseynobles.com Lindsey Nobles

      What a cool story…Catalyst Dallas sounded incredible. Hope you had a great couple of days! 

      • http://jeremysconfessions.com Jeremy Statton

        Unfortunately I have never been to anything like that before. It was unbelievable. Even life changing. Hope you enjoyed Louisville. Come back some time.

      • http://jeremysconfessions.com Jeremy Statton

        Unfortunately I have never been to anything like that before. It was unbelievable. Even life changing. Hope you enjoyed Louisville. Come back some time.

      • http://jeremysconfessions.com Jeremy Statton

        Unfortunately I have never been to anything like that before. It was unbelievable. Even life changing. Hope you enjoyed Louisville. Come back some time.

    • http://lindseynobles.com Lindsey Nobles

      What a cool story…Catalyst Dallas sounded incredible. Hope you had a great couple of days! 

  • http://hornedfrog02.blogspot.com Amanda

     I love your honesty here and can definitely understand the questions. I, too, am single. Two kids have lived with me for nearly a year, but they aren’t “mine”. They aren’t orphans, but I have provided a “temporary home” for them while their mom (hopefully) has gotten herself in a position to better care for them. My heart is hurting as I struggle with preparing myself for them to leave my home, even while knowing that the memories we have created will remain with us always. Being a foster parent has been an experience I will never forget and has changed me in ways I never knew it could. At this point, I’m not 100% sure I could “recommend” it because of all the hurt and frustrations, but the blessings are much bigger than that. I’m thinking about you and praying for direction for you…and would appreciate your prayers as I trust God’s plan for these children and for my life after they leave my home. If you have any questions about foster parenting as a single woman, or want more information on “my story”, let me know :) iloveblogs44 (at) gmail (dot) com

    • http://lindseynobles.com Lindsey Nobles

      I’ll be praying for you Amanda. 

      • http://hornedfrog02.blogspot.com Amanda

        Thanks. I really appreciate that. It sounds like they will be going home on
        the 31st…and maybe even earlier than that. There will be lots of tears for
        sure, so I definitely can use your prayers (and those of your friends too ;)
        )

  • http://adventuresinfindingjoy.blogspot.com/ Amy

     Everyday. Someday we will know… just have to keep loving and learning until that day comes…

  • http://www.seekingeternity.blogspot.com/ Larka

    Oh you are quickly becoming a blog that I so look forward to. I jump at the chance to see your new musings.  It is a strange place to be, being single, loving kids or having other passions that would work so well with a husband, a teammate.  I have had many dreams and have tried to let God know my timing seemed ready and my dream would work best if….
      God has met my desires in different ways. I always thought I would love to have twins someday.  I have had the opportunity for the last 4 years to be a nanny for twins.  It has been such a fun adventure.  It was a light bulb moment one day when I was thinking about my desires and realized I have had a chance to “mother” twins after all.
      I think you going just shows you are a learner who is in tune with what you are interested in and what moves you.  Way to make the curious ones wonder!  :)  What an exciting place to be – right in the midst of the story, you aren’t privy to the bigger picture or how dots connect but you are living in the moment.  Way to go for it and take time for something that was drawing you.  Thanks for including us in your journey.  It’s inspiring to have a kindred spirit.

  • http://www.seekingeternity.blogspot.com/ Larka

    Oh you are quickly becoming a blog that I so look forward to. I jump at the chance to see your new musings.  It is a strange place to be, being single, loving kids or having other passions that would work so well with a husband, a teammate.  I have had many dreams and have tried to let God know my timing seemed ready and my dream would work best if….
      God has met my desires in different ways. I always thought I would love to have twins someday.  I have had the opportunity for the last 4 years to be a nanny for twins.  It has been such a fun adventure.  It was a light bulb moment one day when I was thinking about my desires and realized I have had a chance to “mother” twins after all.
      I think you going just shows you are a learner who is in tune with what you are interested in and what moves you.  Way to make the curious ones wonder!  :)  What an exciting place to be – right in the midst of the story, you aren’t privy to the bigger picture or how dots connect but you are living in the moment.  Way to go for it and take time for something that was drawing you.  Thanks for including us in your journey.  It’s inspiring to have a kindred spirit.

  • Anonymous

    I’ve often asked myself why am I here. :) Most recently, though, I asked myself that question at a conference for children’s ministry. I had a conversation similar to yours several times, answering, “No, I don’t work at a church. No, I don’t volunteer in kids ministry. I’m here to blog. It’s about my life, a bunch of random stuff.” So…I feel ya. :)

    • http://lindseynobles.com Lindsey Nobles

      So you totally get it! 

  • Sara

    As of late, almost every single day I ask myself that. I then wheel around on God and ask Him why He’s put me here, in this specific moment. It’s easy to say we trust Him in those questioning moments, but the attitude of my heart is not the same as what I’m saying with my mouth.   Thank you for posting this…

  • http://allyspotts.com Ally Spotts

    I ask myself this question ALL THE TIME, except in my head it usually sounds more like, “What am I doing with my life???” :)

    This is why I so love Ephesians 5:33 (which says something like, “God prepared our good works beforehand, that we might walk in them…”) because it reminds me that, as long as I am walking in His will right now, being obedient in the moment, he is using all of my experiences – past and present – for something good.

    Sometimes I wonder how He is going to make sense out of all the confusion, all the randomness. But that’s why I’m glad He’s writing the story, not me.

    Keep doing what you do – inspiring, encouraging, engaging, asking people to think… good stuff.

    • http://lindseynobles.com Lindsey Nobles

      I’m glad He’s writing my story too…