Change can be difficult to experience and accept. We’re creatures of habit, and we get “comfortable” with our routines. We usually want everything to take place in a particular way because we think we know best. The truth is, we’re only able to see a small piece of the picture; our view is limited and narrow.
When we pray for a specific intention, events may start to occur and create a “shift.” This may appear to be different than what we prayed for, causing us to feel confused, uncomfortable or angry.
Even when we experience a “positive” change in our lives, we may feel resistant to accept it at first! We may not realize that in order for prayers to be answered, some kind of change is usually involved.
God desires for us to speak to Him; He listens to us and hears all of our prayers (even those that we keep in our hearts and don’t express out loud). Our prayers are always answered, though the answer may not be exactly what we want—and this can challenge us! We don’t always receive what we want; however, we always receive what we need.
God knows what we need better than we do. Sometimes the answer to our prayer intention is “no” or “not yet” because there’s a reason the event is happening, and something must come out of it first.
There’s often a process that takes place; the final result is always for a person’s highest good and for the good of their soul. We’re called to be open to whatever God wills for us, even and especially when it means that our life will be altered.
How do we react when change enters our lives? Do we fall into a state of fear or do we put our trust in God? Are we willing to accept transformation and allow God to work fully in our lives?
It’s easy to feel anxious when we’re faced with a new situation or unsure of what will happen. It’s easy to feel discouraged when life does not appear to be going well or we can’t see a way out of a particular situation. It’s easy to feel doubt when we rely solely on our own understanding and abilities.
If our initial response is fear, we must not remain in that state. We must not allow the fear to have power over us. Instead, we must look to God, firmly place our lives in His hands and trust Him!
My initial desire was to write about a special feast day that’s approaching: Divine Mercy Sunday. For reasons I’m unaware of, I felt that I needed to slightly alter my “plan” and be open to what God wanted!
Divine Mercy Sunday is celebrated on the first Sunday after Easter, which is this Sunday, April 8th. If you’d like to learn about the feast, and I recommend that you do, here’s a link with some information:
I intend to focus on trust, specifically what it means to trust God and how it’s developed, in the next post. I promise there’s a connection between this post and Divine Mercy. You’ll just have to be patient and trust me…
“The secret of happiness is to live moment by moment and to thank God for all that He, in His goodness, sends to us day after day.” ~ St. Gianna Molla