Friday of the 4th Week of Eastertide
“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God still, and trust in me.”
In times of trouble, we often fret, worry and panic. At best, we have a few sleepless nights; at worse, we fall into depression. At least, that was me before I truly understood what Jesus meant and what He meant to me.
As a cradle Catholic, I know that phrase, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life” by heart and have heard it many times, but it never really sank in. I still get anxious, troubled, and angry when I didn’t quite take it into heart. In fact, I still get troubled sometimes. But I find that peace comes over me quickly when I surrender all to the Lord. After all, if by worrying, I can’t change anything, why wouldn’t I trust the Lord, who makes the impossible possible?
Several years ago, I encountered some personal issues that truly troubled me. I was at a loss as to what to do — I couldn’t sleep, I couldn’t eat. I felt so lost and helpless. Finally, I threw up my hands and said I give up, Lord. I surrender everything to You. I turned to my Lord and entrusted myself to His mercy and guidance. It didn’t happen instantaneously, I continued to pray. Before I knew what happened, a sense of peace washed over me. I knew that whatever the outcome, I would be ok. My Lord, my God and my all is with me. He is the beacon of light that leads me through the darkness.
It’s true that God never promised us an easy path, but He did promise that He will never abandon us. If we but trust in Him, He will ease our minds, our hearts and our souls. He will comfort us if we would only turn to Him. I am sure you are familiar with Footprints, the poem about how our Lord carries us when we are troubled and thought that we are abandoned. We are never abandoned. God loves us too much to ever leave our side.
(Today’s OXYGEN by Winnie Kung)
Prayer: Dear Jesus, grant us the grace to trust in Your mercy and love. Help us to truly understand that You alone are the Way, the Truth and the Life. With you leading us, we do not have to fear or fret.
Thanksgiving: Heavenly Father, thank you for Your abundant Grace, and Your undying love, in our joy and our sorrow.