Do you ever find a particular Scripture worming its way into your heart? Or perhaps it’s a subtle tap-tap-tap. Maybe, as in my husband’s case, it’s a giant brick hitting you over the head. No matter, I think it’s safe to assume that most of us have at least one particular verse or portion of a verse that really speaks to us – a word of encouragement or consolation, a bit of clarity, or renewed purpose and strength.
For me, lately at least, that particular Scripture has been Psalms 37:5-11. In pondering why this Psalm keeps coming to me in different circumstances and through different means, I realized that each verse speaks to nearly every aspect of my life.
In the waiting, there is ample opportunity for me to trust God, yet far too often I become anxious and fearful instead. I get angry. I get frustrated. I become exasperated that my prayers and questions are met with silence, time and again. But above all else, I am weary.
Somehow the Psalms have a way of reaching us right where we are, regardless of time or era in which we live. As inspired Scripture, we know that God is speaking a universal message, but also a personal one. And there is nothing more comforting than to realize that God is, in fact, speaking to us by name.
5 – Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will act.
I like to think that everything falls into place nicely once I, step by step, day by day, discern and act upon God’s will. But the reality is usually the opposite: I am met with incessant frustrations, setbacks, and obstacles. And in the midst of each, my tendency is to retreat into a state of paralyzing fear.
We must learn to trust God in the mysteries and unknowns that we all face. Eventually, God will respond.
This verse reminds us that what is required above all, each day, is to be faithful to God in our prayers and by staying close to the Sacraments. In that faithful walk, we must learn to trust God in the mysteries and unknowns that we all face. Eventually, God will respond. Our responsibility is to relinquish control by believing with confidence that God is faithful to us always.
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