25 Aug 2019
Suffering is part of your training; God is treating you as his sons
I would like to base this reflection on a teaching by a priest on growth, which best captures that learning is part of suffering.
Growth encompasses four aspects – Taken, Blessed, Broken and Given. Growth is essential for all Christians and this also brings about blessings. And these blessings come about when you accept all these components.
As in the parable of the rich young man who was asked to give away his wealth, God will take away the very things that we hold on to. It can mean different things to each of us. God will take our time, demand our effort, even our money. He will remove from us the very thing that stops us from growing.
We all crave to be blessed by God but are usually not ready to accept purification and sanctification. And honestly, I am no different, though I know that He wants to sanctify me, as His daughter sometimes, I question His choices in this process of sanctification.
Recently I had a fall out with someone and I was very surprised how God was leading me and this person towards a blessing. Indeed God surprises me when He demands that I be the bigger person despite being very hurt. But I also realised that God cannot choose to bless one of His children at the expense of the other. And that is also when I am embraced — that both me and my trespasser are called by Him — as His own as stated in Isaiah 43:1 – You are mine.
It is no coincidence, that from the very start of my interactions with this person, I would seek counsel through scriptures and found this verse as a reminder that despite this person’s shortcomings, the Lord of all the earth had summoned him as His own. You and I are no exception.
This is rather self-explanatory, though it is necessary for it to be said so that we all have clarity. Christ will break you, so that you can be holy. He needs us whole so that we can live a complete and fulfilled life, like any good father would want for us. He wants us to live our best lives and for that to happen, He will break us from the whole being that we have created for ourselves, so that we are more of Him and less of ourselves and of the world.
He will make us a holy sacrifice so that we become acceptable to Him. For scripture states: “Be holy as I am holy” – 1 Peter 1:16.
There is really no greater joy that to be a child of this Father who wants to remove all that hurts us and hinders us from the love and life He has created for us.
(Today’s Oxygen by Josephine Dionisappu)
Prayer: Lord, help us to remain holy by having holiness as a goal. Let us wholly accept and embrace holiness as our lifestyle, so that we meet others we truly reflect your image. And when we meet you face to face, we are truly like you.
Thanksgiving: Father thank you for your sanctifying grace. Though it sometimes irritates me, I feel privileged that you are working in and through me so that I am fully feel and know that I am yours.