This morning while talking with a friend about the situations we find ourselves in she told me that for every door that closes God makes sure that at least a window is opened. Jokingly I responded that I hoped it wasn’t an eighth floor window; as we all are very well aware, life throws us some very difficult situations – even for the most faithful.
Throughout his writings St. Paul shows us his constant and energetic mission to proclaim the Gospel.
But within his writings we see very human reactions: exhaustion, uncertainty (not about the faith but about the situations he finds himself in) as we hear in today’s reading from the Letter to Philippians ‘And I do not know which I shall choose. I am caught between the two.’; and yes even fear. ‘I came to you in weakness – and fear and much trembling…’ he tells the Corinthians earlier.
It is not easy work being a disciple of Christ. He demands much from His followers. There have times when I thought that with St Paul’s statement in Corinthians ‘God is faithful and will not let you be tried beyond your strength; but with the trial he will also provide a way out, so that you may be able to bear it.’ God might overestimate my limits.
But it is important to keep in mind that He doesn’t overestimate our limits. He doesn’t allow us to be overburdened, or overwhelmed. He gives us the necessary helps to make sure that doesn’t happen. If these helps seem to be missing it is because of us – not God.
In our first reading this morning the Lord, through Isaiah, points out to us the key to finding these helps that He gives us. ‘Seek the Lord while he may be found, call him while he is near.’ And He continues to tell us why: ‘For my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways, says the Lord. As high as the heavens are above the earth, so high are my ways above your ways and my thoughts above your thoughts.’ Look to Him who knows the full nature of things, knows the reality of situations, knows the totality; and trust in His omniscience. But most importantly trust in His love for us.
‘The Lord is gracious and merciful,
slow to anger and of great kindness.
The Lord is good to all
and compassionate toward all his works.’
We proclaimed today in the Responsorial from Psalm 145 for all to hear; and we should allow our minds and hearts to hear it as well. For when we seek the Lord, when we trust in His omniscience and His love then these trials, though not eliminated, will be within our ability to deal with. With God even an eighth floor window is no problem.