NOVENA OF TRUST - Day Twenty-Two
"That Your plan is better than anything else.
Jesus, I trust in You."
God's ways are certainly not our ways.
I don't know about all of you, but I can certainly look back over my life and see the times that I have acted like a 2 year old - wanting my way and no other! At the same time, being a people of prayer, if we give the Holy Spirit permission He will show us just how we made things more difficult by standing in the way; more painful, more sorrowful, more stressful.
When we allow God's plans to guide our lives, He showers us with His peace*, with joy, with love, with gratitude - with all "good things".
*Another good lesson we struggle to learn - His Peace! To be filled with God's peace does not come with a promise of no pain. To obediently follow can come with great pain at times, but always great peace! Ponder that in prayer.
As I type this I am thinking about a families experience when a son or daughter is called to a Religious Vocation and, the Gospel of Wednesday's Mass (Luke 14).
"If anyone comes to me without hating his father and mother,...brothers and sisters and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple."
Don't panic. As Father explained in his Homily Wednesday, hate means something very different in our language and life today. Hate to be understood for the Gospel sake means to "love less than". So, If anyone comes to me without "loving less than Me" his father and mother...brothers and sisters and even his own life....
This is where the true and humble Religious Life of trust and love well lived, brings proof positive that God's plans are better than anything else! Every person who answers a call to Religious Life and every family member who supports them, has to love God above all else, above each other. This love of trust and only this love, will give His Peace to their sacrifice of each other for the sake of the Kingdom. From a devout Religious joy and love is undeniable, joy and love are contagious, and joy and love rain down upon the world. "Your plan is better than anything else."
For those of us left "in the world" do we trust that God's plans are the best plans for our lives? Do we strive daily to know and understand God's plans for us? Do we try and conquer the inner 2 year old? Do we love God above all else?
Jesus, I trust in You.
Sacred Heart of Jesus, pray for us.