“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.” Proverbs 3:5
One of the outstanding sentences in the Lord’s prayer composed by the Lord himself is; “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven.” Matthew 6:10
Sometimes, we are meant to be at a specific place for a meaningful reason. Later down the years, it will suddenly dawn on us as to why the Lord wanted us to be present at that time. Probably, because we were chosen to be a part of perhaps some celebration or important event, our presence was important even as an audience or a by stander without us realizing it but for a later purpose to be fulfilled in time. The Lord did not want us to miss out on those moments.
Who can understand the reasons of our Lord in the first instance.? It is only with time that the ribbon of life unties itself slowly and every meaning becomes clear.
When Abraham was called by the Lord to leave his comfortable home in Terah and travel to the land of Canaan, he obeyed the Lord’s will and blindly walked out into the unknown with the full faith that the Lord was guiding him. Similarly, Moses allowed the Lord’s will to be done in His life and escorted the Israelites out of slavery from Egypt and shepherded the whole lot for forty years in the wilderness until they could enter the promised Land.
Generations later a young girl Mary whole heartedly said yes to the will of God to bear His only son in her chaste womb.
The Supreme sacrifice was given when the Lord said yes to laying down His life so that none of His children would be lost; “Father your will, not mine.” Mark 14:36
The Apostles missed Jesus so much after His ascension and wished for His presence amongst them as they went about founding the Church. Yet, they knew they had to complete the will of God being the chosen ones and entrusted with the responsibility of baptizing and anointing the people of the land in the name of the Lord.
Sometimes, we too miss the presence of our loved ones but have to give in to the will of destiny. But, just as the Lord’s presence remained with the apostles in the form of the spirit, we too hold the presence of our loved ones in the form of memories in our hearts.
Our desires are never ending at times. We want to be happy, we want to be free of pain and so on. But, are we ready to accept whatever the Lord has deigned for us? It is very easy to accept the happy times and days of prosperity but can our spirit accept even the difficult days and moments of tribulations?
This morning, I watched a bird soaring high up in the sky. I was so fascinated by the sight that I could not tear my eyes away. I wished I could fly as that bird, with no deadlines, no anxiety, no sadness , only a blissful flight with my gaze towards heavens.
The Lord has laid out an entire day for us to allow His will to be done as the minutes tick by. To take each moment as it comes and not worry about tomorrow.; “Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself.” Matthew 6:34
Sometimes, against our will, we have to bow down to the rules and commands of others. We stifle our emotions in order to pay heed to the mandate set by others. Perhaps at times we are too broken from inside to follow our own will.
If we request someone for a minute of their time, can we exceed that minute when the time is up? It is not so with God, He has moments and moments of His time to give us whenever we call on Him. He will never turn us away or incline us to move away with a heavy heart nor make us feel unwanted. He is ever ready to be there for us.
If we submit willingly and permit His spirit to work within us, we can accomplish His will. His greatest will as in the first two commandments to love Him with all that we have and to love others as ourselves.
I am reminded of the words of John Lennon that it does not matter who you love, where you love, why you love and how you love. What only matters is that you love.
Tomorrow might be too late at times. So it is better to express the words of love today in any way possible, direct or indirect means, to let those we love know that yes; we do truly love them. We may not be perfect but we love them in the way our hearts have known love.
May we offer ourselves as a pleasing gift to spread the good news so that even until our last breath we are active in imparting the gospel, writing His word in accordance with His holy will.
May our united prayer always be; “Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”