The following is an article contributed to The Upper Room by the Rev. Vicki Walker:

The summer before my senior year of college, I attended in Nashville a Cursillo weekend, the forerunner of The Upper Room’s Walk to Emmaus. Little did I know it would change my life forever.

On the second night of the retreat, we were scattered around The Upper Room Chapel. After listening to the speaker, we were invited into a time of silent reflection. I focused my gaze on the life-size woodcarving replica of da Vinci’s The Last Supper, hanging in the front of the chapel. As I looked from figure to figure, I was drawn to Jesus. I couldn’t take my eyes off him.

Out of nowhere, I heard a voice say, “I want you to go to seminary, get a master’s degree in Christian education, and work with youth.”  Stunned. I turned around to see who spoke. There was no one.

Again, I looked at the figure of Jesus.

I heard the same calm voice: “I want you to go to seminary, get a master’s degree in Christian education, and work with youth.”

I jumped out of the pew and bolted out the door. Finding my friend, I said, “You’ll never believe what happened to me. I just heard a voice that told me to go to seminary. Who was that?’”

“It was God,” he said.

“Why is God talking to me?” I asked.

“Because God wants you to serve in ministry,” he replied.

I never would have considered ministry as a vocation if I hadn’t had such a clear calling from God that night.

Thank you, Upper Room, for providing support to nurture young people’s spiritual formation and for creating opportunities to hear God’s voice.

The Rev. Vicki Walker is the Minister of Mission and Outreach at Hyde Park United Methodist Church. Throughout her life, and in particular in her current role at Hyde Park UMC, Vicki has been a supporter of The Upper Room. This month, we are raising funds for the youth and young adult ministries of The Upper Room: Chrysalis, Discovery Weekend, and Journey to the Table. By supporting these ministries, you can join Vicki and countless others in giving youth and young adults an opportunity to hear from God.

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