Thursday, September 15, 2011

Praying for a miracle.

What is a miracle anyway?  When we see the Hand of God at work in the world?  When prayers are answered in unexpected ways?  New life when you thought you had been forsaken?  If it’s any of the above, then I am in need of one…well, I want one anyway. 
Sometimes I feel like my life is definitely going in the “wrong” direction and I must have fallen asleep somewhere along the way, because it is turning into a nightmare.  In fact, I’m sure the LORD knows what He is about, and it is all going to make me a better person in the long run, but dreams die hard.  I really just want to wake up now and find myself in a cozy home with plenty of bedrooms, obedient children, no lingering loans or debts to be paid, the chance to go to daily Mass and volunteer at the school, and spend evenings on the couch with my husband.

But I know the LORD too well to actually *pray* for a miracle.  I know what kinds of miracles He gives…babies and illness, changing seasons and new relationships—things that will not necessarily make my situation better, but make me understand HIM better.  And frankly, though He encourages me to “be not afraid,” I am very afraid to take on more right now, even if it gives me a better glimpse at the Maker of the Universe.  I know I should not be.  I know the only way is to look beyond my *dream* world to see the bigger picture.

So I’m going to be setting my eyes on Jesus and trying to put my trust in Him…and if He gives me a miracle, it might just be that I will recognize its Beauty and Truth as more precious than hardships to follow.  But the prayers...well, you let me know if you want me to pray for *you* to get a miracle :)

Monday, September 5, 2011

Do not Be Afraid

I came across a radio program this week, I don't even know what station it was but it had a Christian talkshow on.  In the interview the author said that if we really understood that God is all good, all truth, all beauty, we would not ever be afraid.  The people without fear, who believe in an all good God are the most dangerous people in the world, because they have no fears to be controlled by. Faith if the ability to make decisions without fear, knowing that an God is all good.  So many Christians are caught up in trying to be good, trying to do mission work or evangelize, etc that they miss the real point.  If they are trying to get to heaven and don't care if Christ is there, then they are missing the point.  We ought to be trying to know and be with God for all eternity....trying to foster that personal relationship and understanding of the All Good God.  He also mentioned that prayer is the way one comes into union with God.  People consider prayer communication, but they often forget the communion part of it.

So all in all it was a really succinct reminder.  1) Do not Fear, God is All Good.  2) Make knowing God your priority and the rest will follow.  3) Enter into Communion with God through Prayer.