Monday, 8 February 2016

The Last Thread

"For though I should walk in the midst of the shadow of death, I will fear no evils, for thou art with me." (Psalm 23:4) At times discerning your vocation can begin to relate to the above quote. Especially for the youth, between trying to figure out what the future holds, keeping up with the spiritual life, and fighting the good fight, it can all begin to feel exhausting. And when trials and tribulations hit, one is almost bound to ask God why He is not clearer, why He piles suffering upon our shoulders in such a way that we feel we are drowning instead of growing. But it is in these times that we have to look around us, because in the darkest times God is always trying to get a messages across.

There's a strategy that I like to use that really helps with these feelings. If we feel we're holding on to our last thread, hold on like never before. In other words, if there's only one thing left in the world that makes us happy, that lifts our spirits and gives us hope, focus on that one thing, and see the glory of God in it. Whether it be your family, a friend, someone you deeply love, sometimes God takes away a lot just so you can see a massive blessing in front of your eyes. 

And in this way the future can become clearer to us. When we slow down, stop worrying about everything, and treasure the things we love most, our thinking will definitely clear up. So look around, and find the thread that God has given you to reflect His infinite goodness. Sometimes God doesn't have to give us a mountain of consolation to change our lives, rather He can change us and make us better by sending one, infinitely important thread in the weave of life.  A thread that can hold all together and bring us closer to God.