While talking with an assistant, she told me about the difficulties and deserts that she was experiencing.
Her words were almost schematic. Her position before what was happening was of someone that was very secure and practical. It seemed like there was no pain and only a sense of self-sufficiency, as if she could manage to solve everything through the strength of her arm. And that is precisely where the danger comes into play!
You may ask, “But Luisa, isn’t that positive, the person feels secure and practical during difficult times?”
On one side yes, because the person is not easily shaken; but on the other side of the coin, it leads them to being independent from God, because we develop a pride that we can overcome ourselves … and this happens in a very subtle way.
In times of difficulties, we should make the most of seeking in depth what God wants to reveal to us. Because everything that happens in our life is not in vain, especially in the life of the righteous. God always wants to speak to us, reveal something new and we learn more about ourselves.
For this reason, do not allow yourself to be indifferent at the time of pain, as this will distance you from God.
There are many assistants that have stood-out in their service in the Work of God, they are active, always ready. But when it comes to solving what is within them, seeking God and doing his will, what He wants for their lives during difficult times … they lean on themselves, on their works and their knowledge. And they end up not taking advantage of these moments to develop their inner and personal being.
We must not forget that everything is permitted by God and often it is a way to draw our attention towards Him and develop a closer relationship; and fully depend on His strength, and not on the strength of our “arms”.
“This is what the Lord says: Cursed is the one who trusts in man, who draws strength from mere flesh and whose heart turns away from the Lord…“But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. (Jr.17: 5,7)
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