If ever we have wondered where “God’s will” is functioning, these days might very well qualify in questioning. All ranges of emotions/actions are being exhibited and most without making us feel any better or secure about the future. Even basic civility seems to be hard to find. And in some families it is agreed that certain topics cannot even be discussed.
“Faith is the realization of what is hoped for and evidence of things not seen. By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place that he was to receive as an inheritance; he went out, not knowing where he was to go.” (Hebrews 11:1, 8)
“Not my will but Yours be done.” (Lk 22:42)
Examining Jesus’ life we note that whenever difficulties were being presented to Him, He left the crowds and went up the mountain or into a garden or wherever He could be alone and find quiet and peace to pray to His Father. We have always been taught that prayer is powerful. But have we believed it? And have we believed that “I” am important enough in God’s life to even be noticed so that my prayer will make any difference? Have we ever examined our lives closely enough to know that God was directly involved somewhere along our timeline? These are trying times no matter where we look and how we define a life. Not a lot of peace surrounds us. Could you have walked alone a thousand miles with your children seeking peace and safety? And do we think that those who did, did this without prayer?
We have two very distinctive lives being lived around us. Those people who are usually the elderly and have no family around them and whose friends have either died or moved away. They have too much time alone. And then there are those of us who are so swept up in the commotion of life that we never find time to get off the spin and be alone with our thoughts and prayers. Exhaustive sleep is our only escape. How can we possibly find time to be alone? God must come FIRST. All else comes later. Those who are constantly alone can find time for prayer for themselves, for others who struggle to find this time, and for those who do not know God and prayer. One of the major problems today is that we let time and other ‘things’ own us instead of us owning them! Control is each of us deciding and taking charge of what is truly important to us and not letting the spin of the world decide for us.
“St. Joseph’s faith found concrete expression in his obedience to what God asked of him in the midst of mysteries too great for the human mind to grasp.”