I’ve noticed that many people become annoyed when someone says they have certainty about a vocation. I think this is sad.
While we must understand that the church discerns with us and we do not “have” a vocation in the strict sense unless the church sees it too, I think to deny that some people are given clarity is to deny the testimony of countless saints over the centuries.
Personally, I began to sense a call four years ago. Back then, some suggested I was imagining things because I had just experienced a powerful conversion to Christ and I might “cool off” after a while. Well, four years later I am still on fire! Only now I am getting involved with lay ministry wherever possible and people are approaching me to ask if I’ve ever discerned seminary.
It’s not about deserving or earning anything- all we deserve is hell. But I believe that as people began to observe me in ministry, they began to see what I had felt in my heart all along- that God is calling me to it.
The first time I raised the host in my hands (as a lay minister) and said “Behold the Lamb of God…,” I sensed I was closer to being who I was created to be than I had ever been before. I am most alive when I’m praying with people and giving them Jesus in Holy Communion.
God told Jeremiah that he called him and knew him before he was formed in the womb. Isn’t it possible that some guys hear the Lord more clearly?
In any case, may God richly bless you as you discern!