We are living in a world of so many unexplainable happenings. Just this morning news of another terrorist event is on television. Many more people have lost their lives. Severe dementia is slowly affecting all of my mother’s memories and even her ability to do the most basic things. Even though we have tried to keep our dog locked up he keeps escaping and if he does something to the neighbours it will be to his detriment.
Our need to make sense and understand the broader world and also the small world of our own circumstances is understandable.
But at times needing to understand can get in the way of our faith and has been the cause of many people actually losing their faith in God.
It is not a question of just abandonment, of saying, “oh well whatever happens” but developing a heart that says, “God in you I trust despite the fact that I do not understand why life is like it is at times.”
To trust God means to surrender, to give up but not like when we are captured in a war and have our will taken from us but to willing say God despite the challenges and my understanding of them I want more of you in my life.
It is through Lent that we have the perfect opportunity to surrender to God and trust in him despite our limited understanding of the happenings in our world both large and small.
ACTION: What areas of your life do you need to accept God more?
GOSPEL READING: Matthew 9:14-15