When my children were young they used to ask me often on their way to school, “Momma, What am I going to do after you pick me up…then what are we going to do after that, and after that…and after that? If the plan changed they would grumble, “But you said we would do this?” Does this sound familiar to you and do you still have moments like this today? There are some of us who prioritize our day and stick to it no matter what, and then others that can go with the flow, and move with the changes to their daily schedule or plans. Disruptions to our life plans or dreams can have a direct effect on our inner peace. We may be the most gregarious and fun loving person until there is a shift in our plans, an unexpected change in our schedule or expected service. We may lose our footing a bit, feel out of control, grumble under our breath and immediately assume the day is blown. We become disturbed, impatient, and hostile to those we perceive have affected the change of our plans or its representatives. We feel out of control…to tell you the truth, we are! Thomas Merton the Catholic writer, once described the need to feel like we are in control, “as a need to see the future before it happens.” When our Lenten journey draws us closer to, and deepens our relationship with God, we are better able to let go and put our trust in Him. When we learn to trust God, our need to control and ‘see’ the future is lessened. We become more open, and resist the urge to panic as we begin to realize that God loves us, wants only the best for us, and has full control of our lives. This new way of seeing things helps us to be more patient with ourselves and others, because we have hope in the promises of God. He orders our day with guidance and the grace of the Holy Spirit. Let’s make an action plan this week! Each morning begin your day with prayer by reciting the Angelus, and meditate on Mary’s response to the Angel Gabriel;
“I am the handmaid of the Lord, let it be done to me according to your Word.”
Then read a passage from the Bible and reflect on new insights. Your task is to surrender control of the unexpected and surrender yourself to God as Mary did at the Annunciation. This may be a hard task, but that’s part of making this Lent, your Best Lent Ever!
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