January 18, 2009

Being Prepared vs Being Blocked

Reposted from Saturday, January 12th, 2008

This arrived in my email reflection for this Sunday’s Gospel readings:

“…And if you feel frustrated because you’re not yet doing what you’d like to do, as long as it’s something that God wants you to do, you’re being prepared, not blocked. You have been chosen by the Father and he is very pleased with you!” — Terry Modica (Good News Ministries )

What it all comes down to is perspective. And this perspective can be altered only by personal choice. Do you choose to see the silver lining or do you see the rain-filled cloud? Half-empty or half-full? Blessing or curse?

Ignatius at Pamplona
Ignatius at Pamplona experiencing cannonball pain

Having faith in God’s plan for your life means seeing temporary setbacks as preparation time: a warm-up before a major race begins. Having faith that God only has good intentions for your life and your welfare means accepting situations wholeheartedly no matter how disappointed or frustrated you might immediately feel. It means letting go of all of that disappointment, and trusting in the Almighty that He has something good for you to learn through all of this.

You think the cannonball that ripped through his leg stopped Ignatius of Loyola from doing the work of the Kingdom of God? Nope. It just forced him to re-assess his career path, and read the Bible and the Lives of the Saints while bed-ridden, and come to know his true life’s mission. And he emerged from it, choosing to see it as a blessing, as a preparation for becoming a global missionary.

May we all trust in the Lord’s plan for our lives. For from him comes all good. And every trial is a chance to become perfect in the eyes of our Creator.

Consider it all joy, my brothers, when you encounter various trials, for you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.And let perseverance be perfect, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. –James 1:2-4

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