I have spent years teaching and coaching women about purpose, life purpose. What it looks like, how to find their "calling", how to figure out divine gift and talents, how to live in that space of "This is exactly what God made me to do". Breaking through lifetimes of bad habits and stifling fears. Giving them endless activities, worksheets, and soul searching techniques that take them to the moon and back, sometimes an exhausting and frustrating journey, in hopes of the Ah-ha! moment that leads to the answer of their true life purpose. And, I've been completely wrong.
You don't find your purpose. Purpose finds you. It comes in forms in which you least expect it. It finds you at a time that you can never predict. It demands skills that you never knew you had. It doesn't come by means of a degree, a job or a career or purpose-finding journeys. It comes by means of the heart. At times, when it finds you, it scares you to death, but proceeding on this particular path comes with 'Holy Ease'. It flows as if God Himself were actually doing it. It brings a smile to your face and a joy to your heart even in the darkest of days. There are no lingering "what if's" or "how in the world will I manage that". There are no more "why did I do that" or "what in the world was that all about". There is a peace that comes when purpose finds you that is unexplainable and humanly impossible to feel on our own merit.
Purpose finds you in a place that, if you take a quick look back at your life, the hardships and heartbreaks, the jobs, the people you've met, the people in your life, and the natural talents you've always had...you realize that every single thing has been perfectly orchestrated by God all along. It has all happened according to His divine specification. The life you've had is because of the plans God set in motion long, long ago.
Abby taught me about many things and purpose was one. She never took a journey searching for her purpose but yet her purpose was clear, divine and powerful. Purpose can't be sought after and discovered. When you follow your heart, purpose finds you.