I love when the God manifests Himself through His word in the most amazing, yet subtle of ways. I wanted to write a piece on trust in God, and I turned to Scripture for insight. The very first verse I opened to in the New Testament was John 21:5-7:
“Jesus said to them, ‘Children, you have no fish, have you?’ They answered him, ‘No.’ 6He said to them, ‘Cast the net to the right side of the boat, and you will find some.’ So they cast it, and now they were not able to haul it in because there were so many fish. 7That disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, ‘It is the Lord!’”
For me, trust is not an easy thing to rely on. My pride often prevents me from giving things up to God, and instead I tend to “rely” on my own strength. However, as St. Therese of Lisieux said, “Everything is grace,” thus nothing we ever do which is good can happen without God working in us. I find this is very easy to forget, yet God will often remind us that He’s always there through surprises in our daily lives. For example, some of you might have attended or heard about the abortion debate held at McMaster last week. The beautiful thing about it was that it wasn’t even supposed to be a debate. Our original opponent speaker had backed out, leaving it to be simply a pro-life presentation with an extended Q&A. However, literally two and a half hours before the start of the event, a pro-choice opponent simply came out of nowhere and offered to participate in the debate. And with that, McMaster saw its first abortion debate in more than a decade, attended by almost 150 people. Praise God.
While some people might respond to that with, “Well why didn’t God simply give you a speaker like that well in advance? It would have saved you all the stress and hassle!” Well yes, it probably would have, but would it have drawn us as close to Him? Jesus wants us to always focus on Him, for if we do that then we simply have nothing to worry about. The act of placing everything at His feet, of “waiting on the Lord” (Psalm 27:14) is a great first step towards true relationship with Him.
Just as St. Peter started to sink beneath the waves when his eyes left those of Christ, so too do we start to let the world get to us when we do the same. Our amazing German shepherd Pope Benedict XVI said, “If Jesus has become your hope, communicate this to others with your joy and your spiritual, apostolic and social engagement. Let Christ dwell within you, and having placed all your faith and trust in Him, spread this hope around you. Make choices that demonstrate your faith.”
Pray without ceasing, friends!
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