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wmjosiah in under_the_maple

"Being called"

What does it mean when one feels "called" to do something? Quakers call it being "called by God". My beliefs make that not quite work for me. I don't know how to to reconcile my beliefs with my experience. Do people know what I'm talking about?

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My experience of "being called" is that it's kind of weird and scary. Like I get a feeling that I'm really supposed to do something, but a lot of times whatever it is I'm supposed to do is something that pushes my comfort zone. Or maybe I'm just more aware of those times since they're the most uncomfortable ones. I do also get called to do things that are relatively easy and pleasant, although I always find that there's some element of oddness about it (like having deep conversations with random strangers in the street or whatever).