“Take Courage. For it is I, Do not be Afraid.”
We left off yesterday talking about courage and God’s will. I think so many times we get mixed up with what is our will with what is God’s will. I know for me, so many times I want to believe that what I want is what God wants.
But unfortunately, that is not always the case. Many times, I have heard,
“I was praying for this.... but the Lord gave me this instead.”
In these moments, we can’t always understand why he placed this different situation in our hands, but he did. I have written many times about my Grandma passing. It was sudden, it was quick and it was unexpected. It wasn’t at a good time and I would change it if I could. I think about this often, what if we didn’t pick that wedding date, what if we had the wedding in Pennsylvania instead of California, what if, what if, what if.
This is one of those situations, I sat in my parent’s bedroom as they were boarding their flight to say their last goodbyes, hoping and praying it wasn’t true. I sat curled up, wiping tears from my eyes wondering why this was God’s plan.
Why this had to happen now... I truthfully cannot answer these questions yet, but I do know that it happened for a reason, and I am still working through the reasoning and the lessons it is still teaching me.
The one thing I do know, is it took courage to wipe the tears and get up out of bed. It took courage to open the door and keep going. It took courage to see that this, although terrible and hard, was God’s will.
“...who gave himself for our sins to deliver us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father.” -Galatians 1:4
Jesus died on the cross for our sins, so that we could have Eternal life with him. By Jesus dying on the cross, it has allowed mankind the opportunity to obey God’s will and choose Salvation.
“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God of Christ Jesus for you.”
Just as Blessed Titus didn’t intend to be a martyr, we don’t ‘plan’ to die. But we need to have the courage to thank God and accept his will in whatever he may throw our way.
So what are you struggling to accept this lenten season as it comes to a close?
What do you need to find courage in so it can help you accept the will of the Father?