What’s Your Super-Power?

1 comment Posted on October 6, 2014

Cynthia Ruchtiby Cynthia Ruchti

I locked gazes with a woman in the front row of the women’s retreat. “You don’t believe me, do you,” I said. “If we talk for only a few moments, I’ll be able to tell you, specifically, God’s will for your life. It’s a free service I provide when I attend retreats like this. You might call it a super-power. I can gaze out over a crowd and sense at least a general direction for each one—young or…not as young. To date, those impressions have been one hundred percent accurate. I haven’t been stumped yet.

“Please know I’m not arrogant about it,” I added. “I’m completely humbled by this gift. To be able to know…with such incredible accuracy…God’s will for each one of you? I take the responsibility seriously. It’s no small thing. What’s the last digit of your zip code?” I asked the woman.

Her eyes widened and she looked at the friend beside her before saying, timidly, “Seven.”

Ragged Hope“And…have you ever owned a pet?”


“Its name?”


“Name one item you had for breakfast,” I said as her eyes darted toward the nearest exit.

“Um, eggs?”

All My BelongingsI paused, pressed my fingertips to my forehead, then told her, “Rejoice always. Pray continually. Give thanks in every situation, for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus.”

She and other women around her chuckled, recognizing the verse from I Thessalonians in the Bible.

“That was fun. Let’s try another one,” I said, moving to the woman sitting across the aisle. A different set of questions. Same answer. As it was for the third woman.

Shelves of books have been written on the subject of discerning God’s will. “God, what am I supposed to do with my life at this stage, this age, with my family challenges and health needs and losses and skillset and opportunities?”

Morning GloryThe answer is simpler than we might imagine.

“Rejoice always. Pray continually. Give thanks in every situation because this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus,” I Thessalonians 5:16-18 CEB.

Cynthia Ruchti is a speaker and award-winning author of ten books, including the novels When the Morning Glory Blooms, All My Belongings, and the nonfiction Ragged Hope: Surviving the Fallout of other People’s Choices. You can connect with her and her “Hemmed in Hope” books at cynthiaruchti.com or www.Facebook.com/CynthiaRuchtiReaderPage. She and her husband of 42 years live in the heart of Wisconsin. Where’s the best place to get her books? At your local Christian bookstore!


  • 10/13/2014
    Michelle Lim said:

    I love the encouragement of this post, Cynthia!


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