As I’m writing this post, it’s a rainy, grey, and overcast morning; the kind of weather where the world feels smothered with a blanket and turned in upon itself, and waking to find yourself met, not with the promise of sunshine, I’d just as soon go back to sleep.
My outdoor flowers have been needing rain something fierce and today, forecasters had predicted triple digits, so I accept this momentary season of rain for what it is in fact, an planned-for gift. I was telling a friend recently that I think it’s important to recognize these gifts as they come, but not to seek them not, not to seek our own dreams and plans.
For Christians, pursuing the will of Christ, every day I think should be less “my will be done” and more, “Thy will be done”. But what does this look like? Humans are so varied in nature and the areas where we are challenged are different for each person, but if we begin the process of knowing oneself, and asking for wisdom from the Holy Spirit to guide us, then we will come to begin to understand where these areas are that need sacrificing. Placing ourselves, our desires, our will, our ego, our dreams, on an altar we’ve built, and say, “Here Lord, all I have, I offer back to Thee. Make of it what Thou will.”
And yes, this process is painful. Yes, it’s not something we would will ourselves to go through. Our fleshy natures cringe at the thought of any kind of external or internal suffering. Abraham did not desire to sacrifice his only son, Isaac (a precursor of Christ), but he recognized that the God he served, was capable even of resurrecting the dead, and that He was a fulfilled of His promises.
Prayer of the Week:
“Lord, cultivate in us a faith like Abraham, to be willing to sacrifice that which You call us to give up, in the service of Your will — whether that is a relationship, a job, a habit, a unhealthy hobby or mindset — whatever it may be, please reveal to us the areas we need to let go of, and grant us the courage to say, “not my will be done, but Thine”. Teach us to take up our crosses and follow You through the rainy seasons, and to accept the hidden gifts that are necessary to cultivating our souls. Thank you Lord for the work you are doing in our lives. In the precious name of Jesus, we pray, amen.”
Photo of the Week:
The Carmelite Monastery my husband and I visited this week for adoration and a public recitation of the Rosary, which included a Eucharistic benediction. Speaking just of the architecture alone, I love this style in churches — so beautiful. Have a great week, everybody!