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'JUST TRUST IN MY SON,' SAYS MARY TO US AS WE SEEK THE BLESSINGS GOD HAS IN STORE FOR US
Thus says the LORD: “If you remove from your midst oppression, false accusation and malicious speech; If you bestow your bread on the hungry and satisfy the afflicted; Then light shall rise for you in the darkness, and the gloom shall become for you like midday; Then the LORD will guide you always and give you plenty even on the parched land. He will renew your strength, and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring whose water never fails” (Isaiah 58:9-14).
Go with the flow. Let life open up to you. To repeat a theme we have conveyed: don't force things.
We should always wait on the Lord, and we should always follow His timetable.
Frustrated? In want of something that just isn't happening? Can't figure out why prayers aren't answered? There's only one solution: Let go of whatever it is you are yearning for and send it into God's Hands. Trust beyond surrender. Put your mind on other matters. Anxiety inhibits grace and can be caused by the spirit of fear. This fear can come in many ways. It can be the product of repeated action on our part, or it can be a familial trait. We inherit spiritual baggage just as we inherit anything else, and it’s a mixture of good and bad. There are spirits of gluttony, lust, sloth, infirmity, despair, greed, rebellion, impurity, and addiction. We see how divorce runs in certain families. Usually, it’s a combination of factors. Spirits magnify our weaknesses. If we are prone to nervousness, a spirit of anxiety or even paranoia may develop within us, inhibiting happiness. A disposition toward procrastination may turn into a spirit of sloth; a dabbling with the occult, or a yearning for control, can turn into the spirit of dominance (or even witchcraft). This all bears repeating.
As it says in Ephesians (6:16), faith should be held up as a shield against the fiery darts of the evil one, which are then extinguished.
"Just trust in my Son Jesus," Mary once told a soldier in Viet Nam. Divine Mercy. "Jesus, I trust in You."
When John Paul II approached death, he said simply, with no fear, nor hesitation, "It is time to go to the House of the Father."
Keep your eyes on the God of miracles.
He loves you more than you love yourself and sees the potential you have to be with Him in eternity. He knows that beneath the exterior, under the skin of the earthly body -- and often deep under the burdens of life -- is a being of tremendous beauty waiting to burst out of the cocoon and move skyward with the eyes of love.
With those eyes we elevate our vision above turmoil and beyond any problem -- to see the best of outcomes.
When we elevate our eyes, when we look above those who harass us, when we see beyond trials on earth, we are seeing into the miraculous.
No matter how “severe,” we’re on the road of glory. It's what Christ saw on the Cross. It's the Heaven He had in mind, even as He was crucified.
[adapted from The God of Miracles]
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