Do you have faith in the journey ahead, the plans for your life? I get myself questioning very often whether something is God giving a sign to go ahead, or even the opposite sign of God giving me a challenge, that's meant to be turned down. We cannot possibly know what the end will look like, hoe our lives will look as we leave this earth and meet St. Peter at the gate. Only God can know. The great challenge is to have faith, and trust that everything is going according to plan, even if it's not our own. I can safely say I would never have imagined writing a devotional blog, let alone be brave enough to go through with teaching religion to teenagers. God works wonders. Is there an area of your life where you're struggling to trust God to guide you?
Today's Gospel states:'While the people pressed upon him to hear the word of God, he was standing by the lake of Gennes'aret. And he saw two boats by the lake; but the fishermen had gone out of them and were washing their nets. Getting into one of the boats, which was Simon's, he asked him to put out a little from the land. And he sat down and taught the people from the boat. And when he had ceased speaking, he said to Simon, "Put out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch." And Simon answered, "Master, we toiled all night and took nothing! But at your word I will let down the nets." And when they had done this, they enclosed a great shoal of fish; and as their nets were breaking, they beckoned to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both the boats, so that they began to sink. But when Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus' knees, saying, "Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord." For he was astonished, and all that were with him, at the catch of fish which they had taken; and so also were James and John, sons of Zeb'edee, who were partners with Simon. And Jesus said to Simon, "Do not be afraid; henceforth you will be catching men." And when they had brought their boats to land, they left everything and followed him' (Luke 5:1-11).
Today's reading talks about how the disciples are fishing, and Jesus tells them to put out their nets. They had tried all night, tired from the effort and not succeeding, yet they trust Jesus' word, that their nets would be filled. Though the journey had been a struggle, and tiresome at first, they had faith and trusted that Jesus would help them, would guide them. When we lose faith, and try to rely on our own strength and wisdom to walk this journey of life, we often fall, feel lost, perhaps hit a wall or two along the way. When we pray, and continuously ask God to help us discern His will, to give everything to God and face everything as it comes, we are doing our best, and will have the best, most fulfilling results. Take some time to ask God to help you trust in Him for every decision.
Today we pray:
Thank you for helping me to get to where I am right now in my life. I ask You to take every struggle, every difficult decision, every question and let it go according to Your plan. Help me to trust in You for everything I do and be a guiding light in my life.
I pray in Your most holy name, Amen.