“If we want to be spiritual, then, let us first of all live our lives. Let us not fear the responsibilities and the inevitable distractions of the work appointed for us by the will of God. Let us embrace reality and thus find ourselves immersed in the life-giving will and wisdom of God which surrounds us everywhere. “ – from Thoughts in Solitude
It’s very easily that I fall for the consuming fear of living in this world. The routine and simple responsibilities of my life become the scapegoat as things that draw me away from my trust in God’s will. So the serenity that I strive to find in living with Christ are swallowed by the creeping fear of living reality.
The amazing spiritual writer, Thomas Merton, invites us to live with the spirit that Our Savior did as He walked the plains of this earth. He invites us to carry out the duties placed in our lives and seek Christ for the strength to persevere through those distractions he calls “inevitable”.
I recently read this quote from Merton,”Every moment and every event of every man’s life on earth plants something in his soul.” In my own heart I take this as a challenge to alter my perspective. If every moment in my life can, in fact, be an opportunity for my soul to grow, then those moments and events I’m so quick to label as petty will now be shared experiences with Him.
Look at it this way too, if moments of our life fall short of bringing enjoyment, or even cause pain and suffering, offer those babies up!
It’s a win-win situation! Or, as I like to say, live-live situation.
Living spiritually, in touch with our hearts and souls, provides us with constant encounters with Christ!… Holy cannoli!
MY LORD GOD, I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end. Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so. But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you. And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing. I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire. And I know that if I do this you will lead me by the right road, though I may know nothing about it. Therefore I will trust you always though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death. I will not fear, for you are ever with me, and you will never leave me to face my perils alone.
– Thomas Merton, “Thoughts in Solitude”