Reflection 257: The Long Term Plan of God


When you seek to serve our Lord with your whole heart, you may find that He speaks to you about His daily Will.  It may not be completely clear, but you may have a sense that He wants this or that from you.  God does not typically present you with the entire plan He has for your life all at once.  Rather, He offers bits and pieces as needed.  Believing what He calls you to do each day requires faith and trust in His gentle voice.  The truth is that God does have a perfect plan for your life if you will only listen and respond one step at a time.  In the end, from Heaven, this will all make sense and you will see the incredible wisdom of our Lord.  However, for now the big and full picture may not be as clear.  This is God’s way of drawing you into a relationship of daily dependence and daily surrender.  The key is to be faithful each and every day to what you sense our Lord saying.  If you do this, little by little, His glorious Will unfolds in your life, and through you His Mercy is bestowed upon the world (See Diary #1300).

What do you sense our Lord calling you to do this day?  Whatever it is it may not make perfect sense right now.  Trust His gentle Voice and inspirations today and follow His promptings.  Do what you hear Him command you.  If your sense of His Will seems unusual, speak to another about it so as to make sure it is from Him.  But in the end, if you seek to fulfill His daily Will you will discover that the road He takes you down is glorious and achieves His glorious purpose for your life.

Lord, I desire to serve You with all my heart.  Give me the grace of an open mind and heart so that I may discern Your gentle Voice calling me into Your perfect Will.  My life is Yours, dear Lord, do with me what You will.  Jesus, I trust in You.

Novena to Our Lady of Sorrows
Traditionally prayed September 7–15


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