Monday, January 5, 2009

Some thoughts over my Cappuccino...

See to it that you're not suddenly saddened by the adversities of this
world, for you don't know the good they bring, being ordained in the
judgments of God for the everlasting joy of the elect.

St. John of the Cross (1542-1591AD) on Afflictions

Mini-Bio: Spanish; Carmelite priest, provincial, reformer, mystical writer, Doctor of the Church

That's sure true. Or, as I read somewhere else: we only see the "messy" side of the tapestry that God is sewing ("sowing") with your life...with your day...with your present moment. We look and think, "Ug." or "What the HECK could He be doing?" "Hmm...wonder if He really knows how to sew." :P
BUT--in reality, every cross-stitcher knows that the back MAY look messy (even some knots showing!) but the front is planned and lovely.
So, the reading went on, always know that God knows how to "sew" (sow) and knows exactly what He is doing and does it perfectly well! Have patience! Trust! (That's the hard part)

So, when you have one of "those days" or weeks...or "times"...
pray, hope, TRUST, and don't worry....
God is excellent at His "tapestries" and is creating something quite beautiful one day.
You'll see it and get a big sheepish grin perhaps and say:
"Oooooh..hehehehe...well, I didn't know..." :D *blush*
And, He'll look at you with a Fatherly twinkle in His eye and smile in his voice and say:
"I know you didn't. That is why I asked you to trust me." :D
"Now, child, did I disappoint you?"
You'll have the blush and big sheepish grin again and say,
"No, Father!" and then that grin will turn into a truly big joyful smile!


Seems like the simplest little word.

Who doesn't trust God? If you don't trust Him, who can you trust?

So, let's resolve this year to TRUST more.

Especially when we notice "the knots" and start to feel that sinking feeling! :P

1 comment:

whitesmokeahoy said...

A very good post and very true, but for me, I have to confess, hard to put into practice. I think that over many years I have perhaps over-concentrated on the letter of the law rather than the spirit, with a resulting misguided emphasis on the importance of human rather divine action,and failing to acknowledge and trust in the love, mercy and power of God. Our Lord warned against a pharasitical approach to His laws,and I have to keep reminding myself of this, and whilst we must do what we can, we should never allow this to diminish our reliance on and trust in God, Who is all-powerful, all-good, and all-merciful, and Who can do all things as He wills, without any need to use us. Often a difficult path to tread, but we try, and we try, and we will always try, Deo Gratias.