Being Crossed, Bearing our Cross, Being with Him, on the Cross.
Devotional Thought of the Day
7 How precious is your unfailing love, O God! All humanity finds shelter in the shadow of your wings. 8 You feed them from the abundance of your own house, letting them drink from your river of delights. 9 For you are the fountain of life, the light by which we see. 10 Pour out your unfailing love on those who love you; Psalm 36:7-10 NLT
908 It is oversimplicity on your part to judge the value of apostolic undertakings by what you can see of them. With that standard you would have to prefer a ton of coal to a handful of diamonds.
How often do we forget we walk in the presence of God?
How easy we find it, to go about our day without realizing God is there, nudging us this way or that, bringing us into contact with this person, or that one.
Even in challenging situations, we need to realize that God is at work, with a plan for our lives, and in the lives of the one who challenges us! Their actions may cause us frustration – even extreme frustration. Yet God is at work there, even there He is our shelter – for He is the shelter of all humanity. The words of the Psalmist are clear, He would care for all of us there, helping us to find our delight, to find peace in His presence.
St. Josemaria reminds us of looking for those diamonds, in the midst of the coal. It is too easy to neglect the moment where we see God at work, because of all the dirty filth that would hide it. In the midst of all the pain and the frustration, in the midst of storms, we need to look for the sure sign of God’s love.
And as we bear our cross, we are reminded of His… and we realize the unfailing love again.!
If we can remember that, that even those people who cause us to be cross, who are the cross we are to bear, will remind us of the love of God… and if that happens, we remember God hs sent us to each other.
Lord, help us to see even our trials as reminders of Christ’s trial, and then as they become blessings in our sight, help us to realize Your desire that none should perish, but all to come to repentance…
Escriva, Josemaria. The Way . Scepter Publishers. Kindle Edition.