O Lord Thou shalt open my lips and my mouth shall declare Thy praise.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Looking for God's "on" button...

During the Easter Season I'll be bringing you gems from St. Faustina's Diary, after reading it for Lent.

Diary of St. Faustina, 1610
+ When I asked the Lord to be so good as to cast a glance upon a certain soul [probably Father Sopocko] who was struggling alone against many difficulties, the Lord gave me to know, in an instant, that all people are as dust under His feet. So do not worry; you see that they cannot do a thing of themselves. And if I allow them to seem to triumph, I do this for the sake of My impenetrable decrees. I experienced great peace in seeing how all things are determined by the Lord.

Life often gives us great difficulties. Whether a loved one has descended into a life of sin, or we or a loved one have a serious medical condition, or whatever other injustice or cross we have to put up with, many times we have a problem that just won't go away. No matter how much we pray, no matter how much we try, the problem just won't get resolved. It's especially frustrating if we can come up with a solution but God just won't let it happen. We start to question just whether or not God wants to help us, whether He ever will help us, whether He is on our side at all in the matter, whether our desires for a better life are virtuous and inspired by God or just simply a delusion and out of touch with real life.

The reason why we worry is because many of our problems and difficulties are greater than we are. We are not strong enough to deal with it on our own. However, God is the Pantocrator, the Almighty. Even though our problems are greater than ourselves, God is even greater. All our problems, even the biggest and most shameful problems are insignificant dust in God's eyes. God's power is so great, that everything is tiny and as nothing in comparison to Him. God isn't worried. He can blow away our enemies, convert our enemies, and heal even the most painful and shameful wounds (both physical and emotional). Our cross seems big to us because we are so small, but it is a mere toothpick in God's eyes.

So then, if God is so powerful why doesn't He help us more often? What do we have to do to get God to act and help us. Well, all we have to do is just let God act. It sounds stupidly simple, but there it is. If you want something a little more in depth, then we must offer our suffering and difficulties up to God that He might rule over them and decide how they will turn out. We must say to God, "God, I want _____, but I will let you decide how that will happen." Letting God decide how something will happen or how something will turn out is key. God, because He's almighty and far more powerful than we could ever be, can give us a much better life than we can give ourselves. We can build some very good lives for ourselves, but God can always give us an even greater life. So we must offer up everything we have, both the good and the bad, letting God decide how everything will turn out, so that we can have a better life.