TRUST IN THE LORD
We as Christians or those of us who have been surrounded by the faithful have heard “trust in the Lord.” To me, for years, this was one of the “magical” aspects of faith. Trusting in the Lord to me was hoping that it all works out. Throwing the dice and letting the chips fall where they may. I had no concept of what trusting in the Lord truly meant or the power it had over my life. Ironically, looking back as I often do, especially in the shower, even when I never thought twice about trusting in the Lord, He still continued to bless me. He still continued to protect me and all this without any honor given to Him by my thoughts, words or actions.
What does trusting in the Lord mean to me now? It means waking up each day knowing that no matter what the challenge, what event, what curve ball life throws at me, I am not alone and I am not in control, He is. He will never leave me nor will He ever allow anything to affect my life that I cannot handle. The Lord works miracles in our lives each day. The grace comes when we acknowledge this, open our eyes and hearts to it and recognize its fullness. What does giving honor and glory to God mean to me? The easiest way for me to give Him honor and glory is by putting may faith in action. Through our thoughts, words and actions, through loving Him with all our mind, body and soul and loving our brothers and sisters with the same fervor, we give Him honor and glory. By holding the door open for someone struggling. By gently smiling at a small child who seems frightened or confused. By giving of our selves for another in need and by sharing the Gospel of the Lord without using any words at all, we give Him honor and glory. The trick is walking the walk and talking the talk. We are all human and we are all broken, undeserving sinners. We are all susceptible to anger, hatred, pride and spite. We are all prone to gossip and temptation to sin. Trusting in the Lord is accomplished by many different ways, all of which protect us from the evil one and strengthen our relationship with Jesus, our Lord, our Brother and our Savior.
You should pray each day for strength and courage. You should pray that God guides you along His path and that He will send the Holy Spirit to fill your heart with the strength to face the challenges in life. In time, through prayer, you will come to believe that nothing compares to the peace that fills your soul when you place your trust in the Lord. Whether we are at odds with a loved one or associate, or if our job is taking some uneventful turn, He will never leave us and He will never forsake us.
“God wants us to be happy on earth too, but with a desire for the other, total happiness that only He can give. In this life, the contemplation of the supernatural reality, the action of grace in our souls, our love for our neighbor as a result of our love for God – all these are already a foretaste of heaven, a beginning that is destined to grow from day to day. We Christians cannot resign ourselves to leading a double life. Our life must be strong and simple unity into which all our actions converge.”
Obstacles. Sometimes too many to count and often times the acts of Satan through temptation and other manipulative acts. Have you ever had the desire to watch a film with nudity or pornographic theme for the lustful satisfaction you long for? Have you ever felt that it was no big deal to grab a handful of candy from the bulk section of the grocery store? Have you ever felt a rush of hatred or rage come over you when someone cuts you off while driving? These are the daily games Satan plays with us. Acknowledging his existence is the first step to exiling him from your life. Satan is very real. He scours the earth in many different ways, under many different pretenses and disguises. He thrives on separating us from God. He works tirelessly to tempt us with what society says are “cool” or exciting things. Sexual immorality, drugs, alcohol and other potential vices. Everything in his power to fill our minds and hearts with his empty promises and lies and to defile and destroy the greatest gift of God, our lives. In fact, one of the ways he infiltrated my life was to fill me with laziness toward the Holy Mass. Sleeping in or just lounging around was so much better than getting up and going to Church. Besides, I could worship God anywhere, I didn’t need to go to some building to worship him.
Today, I am still broken. I am still a sinner and I still struggle with many of the temptations everyone struggles with, even some mentioned here. But I no longer try to hide from God. I no longer try to face the challenges of life alone. I turn my fears, worries and the stressful situations in my life over to Him and lay them at the foot of His Cross. I trust in Him and believe that He will never allow anything to happen to me that is not for the betterment of my life. Throughout it all, I am a much more peaceful, happy and faithful man. And whenever I sense the temptation of Satan, I try to invoke the holiest of all names, Jesus..
 Ordinary Work, Extraordinary Grace – Scott Hahn