Thought of the Day July 16, 2021 Finally home

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"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 that 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, and you will never leave me to face my perils alone." (Thomas Merton, Thoughts in Solitude) 


Our journey to God begins and ends in God and is led by God. I am called to surrender to his lead, to be obedient to his movements, to trust, even though I do not see or understand. In all this I am called to love  in response to his love for me. There are many moments I will want to turn back, to stop or go another way which looks easier and more comfortable. That is the temptation of the Evil one, who does not want me to reach the end of my journey, God himself. He wants me to curse the darkness, to disbelieve that God is guiding me, to despair that I will have the strength to go on. But, again and again, that tiny whisper within me will assure me: "I am with you. I am carrying you on my shoulders. Lean on me." And so, we take another step forward, until we see God face to face in eternity. Then we will be finally home and the journey worth it.

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