Wednesday, 25 July 2012
God works in secret, or so it is said. We do what we can, which in reality is probably a freely given response to grace's promptings to grow and mature in the first place. Life can at times seem to be an obstacle course with no end to it, though there may be some resting stops along the way.
Trust grows slowly for me. Yet as I age, I find it starting to blossom. My trust in God’s love for me as well as for others seems to be taking deep root. Fear and trust cannot live together; one or the other will be triumphant. Trust is a choice; fear may not be, being a reaction much of the time. Though how we respond to it is a choice or it can be.
To grow spiritually we will always find that we need to swim upstream. That is why discipline and some form of ascetical practice are needed. In fact to seek to grow in the love of God leads to a freedom that will more often than not bring with it all that we need in the discipline department. For then we will be free to love freely, truly and to keep our natural reactions based on mere selfish interest in check. It is always a struggle, but with it comes a deep inner peace and as time moves forward a constant communion with the presence of God. Our failures also help, leading to deeper self knowledge each time we get up and continue.
"Everything is a grace . . .
Everything is the direct effect of our Father's love, difficulties, contradictions, humiliations, all the soul's miseries, her burdens, her needs, Everything, because through them, she learns humility, realizes her weakness.
Everything is a grace, because Everything is God's gift. Whatever be the character of life or its unexpected events - to the heart that loves, all is well."
- Saint Therese of Lisieux
What does grace mean to you? What are trusting God for?