Each day of our lives we encounter circumstances and events that we did not plan for or are out of our control. Whether it is a sudden illness, unemployment, an accident, financial difficulties, a sick child, aging parents, or the death of a loved one, all of these life situations have the power to damage our relationship with the Lord, unless our faith in God is strong. Why? When life gets difficult, we tend to blame God for our troubles. In our imaginations, we often become victims, wondering why God would do this to us. Some of us might be angry with God because we don’t feel our prayers are being answered to our liking; others try to bargain with God to get their way. Some out of frustration or despair, simply walk away from their faith altogether.
This raises the question, who is in control here, God or us? I’m sure most of us readily respond that God is in charge; however, our actions may reflect a different reality. Whether we are aware of it or not, we are very good at telling God what to do. Our pious prayers of petition frequently include explicit instructions on whom to heal and when, or what job we should get and how much it should pay. Our list of needs is endless. But what happens when our prayers are not answered to our desired outcome? Is God ignoring us? Does God not like us anymore? Is God punishing me? Absolutely nothing is further from the truth. Sometimes we find it very difficult to see God’s hand in a particular situation. In times like this, we are called to walk in blind faith, trusting in God’s providence.
Think for a moment. When was the last time you offered your heartfelt needs to God in prayer while surrendering the outcome to God’s will and not yours? When was the last time you let go and let God take control? How willing are we to put faith and trust in the hands of the Lord? Are we willing to let go of our need to control things, so as to allow God to lead and guide us? Are we willing to surrender ourselves and the lives of all those we love into the hands of the Lord, trusting in God’s will for us and them? - Mary Amore, Ministry & Liturgy, November 2012