Thursday, July 23, 2009
I often struggle with discerning God's will. What does it sound like when God is trying to tell you something? What does it feel like? I wish I had all of the answers, because I know there are many.
I am sure that a theologian or a clergy member can better answer those questions, maybe not. I just know that as a child of God who is young and less experienced in the "arena of life", this is what it feels like to me. This is my experience. I can be very straightforward, so naturally I would like most things to be straightforward...like, "Hey. It's God. This is what I'm saying..." or like the picture above. God works in mysterious and not so mysterious ways. Sometimes it is so clear and obvious, but more often than not, I find myself striving to better understand (or even just grasp) what God may be trying to tell me.
And then, once we discern the will of God, how do you act on it? You must completely give yourself to God: mind, body, heart, and soul. I too struggle with that. Sometimes it is difficult to just hand the reins over. We're all human, and we like to be in control of things. I think, however, that once we realize who we are handing the reins of our lives over to, it becomes easier. Not that your life will become perfect, but that you know you'll be taken care of by someone who cares for and loves you.
The following reflection helped me a lot, and since I know I'm not the only person to struggle with discerning and following God's will, I want to share it with you:
"In accord with Scripture, Christ did not please Himself." -Romans 15:3
Saintly words: "The greatest gift that we can receive from God in the present world is this: to know how, to desire, and to be able to conquer self by renouncing our own will." -St. Francis of Assisi
Talking with God: Heavenly Father, teach me how to discern Your will, how to follow it, and how to make it my own in all things. For in this lies true happiness both in this world and in the next.