Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
God’s economy is driven entirely by relationship, God to human kind and human kind to God. It is an economy of love. When I ask for help from God, God goes to great lengths to make the asking bring me even deeper into a love relationship with him. It is the asking that prompts me to seek and find God’s gifts, and to finally knock at the door of God’s nearer presence, so I can find even more mysterious and profound depths of love and faith. Last night, for example, I asked for the healing of my jaw joint – I haven’t been able to chew or sleep comfortably for a few days. Was it healed overnight? No, so I begin to seek so that I can find how God is drawing me deeper into his love. Seeking allowed me to knock at the door of my heart where my Father dwells, asking him about the lag in healing. In the asking he responds that he’s ‘got it’… and asks how am I doing otherwise? We have a ‘good chat’, and I realize that the deeper help I need is with the ‘fasting’ agenda I have for Lent: When I can’t eat comfortably, I am truly reticent to snack – and greatly and prayerfully thankful for each mouthful of food I can swallow. When I do not receive what I have asked from God, will I seek to find the real gifts he longs to give to me and knock at the door of God’s presence to understand the depths of the love where he longs to lead me? Holy Spirit of God, help me to seek so that I find.
The Lord will fulfil his purpose for me; your steadfast love, O Lord, endures forever. (Psalm 138:8)
Incline my heart according to your will, O God;
Speed my steps along your path.
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Beverly Illauq lives in Kemptville, Ontario, where she greets each morning by seeking the Gospel Mystery of the Day - the Word of the Lord for direct and practical application to the specific challenges & joys of the day.