There are many things that bring a person to spiritual direction. Sometimes it's a crisis of circumstance, unexpected suffering, a crisis of faith or a feeling of dryness in prayer. Occasionally, what causes someone to search for a director is a deep longing for more, a dedication to the person's own journey with God.
I recently came across a blog entry by someone on the search for a new spiritual director in his area. I love how seriously he's taking this process, discerning carefully through each step of the search.
I recommend that anyone searching for a spiritual director—whatever your faith tradition or life position—employ this kind of care and patience. The director-directee relationship really is a holy friendship, and it should be entered into only after a time of prayer and consideration.
Later this week, I'll be posting a series of questions that I recommend you ask anyone you're considering entering into a spiritual direction or spiritual friendship relationship with.