Seek with Haste
Do you listen and seek that which God is telling you to do, through prayer, communication through those closest to you, your priest, reading God's Word? When it comes to actively seeking God's will, there's many pieces that we need to complete the entire puzzle. There's prayer, where we actively take time to build relationship with God, and give our greatest concerns, fears, hopes, and ask about what we feel we need at the time. The second piece is much more challenging for us, patiently waiting, and listening for God's response. It may come years later in the form of a message from a friend, or God may continually present with you with opportunities that pull you in a completely different direction than you'd anticipated. In order to follow God's direction, we need to be attentive, taking time to pray and listen, quietly. How often do you take time for silence, to listen for God's answer?
Today's Gospel states:'And they went with haste, and found Mary and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger. And when they saw it they made known the saying which had been told them concerning this child; and all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them. But Mary kept all these things, pondering them in her heart. And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them. And at the end of eight days, when he was circumcised, he was called Jesus, the name given by the angel before he was conceived in the womb' (Luke 2:16-21).
Today's reading talks about how the shepherds go out to seek the child that had been proclaimed to them by the angels, the baby Jesus. They listen attentively to God's message, and immediately go to seek the child that is God's Son, and from there, go to spread this Good News to the world. They don't insist God listen to them first, overwhelmed by their own fears and burdens. They truly listen to God's word and will. In our world, it's difficult to take time for quiet, silence and patience, without fidgeting on a phone, technology, finding something to do. It's actually been proven that the more time we purposely take to think, and not be doing something constantly, the more we can be creative, build memory, and come up with new unique ideas. It's impossible to know God's will if we never take time to listen. Take some time to pray and ask God to give you time to actively listen in silence for His direction.
Today we pray:
Thank You for helping me to build a relationship with You. Help me to take time to actively listen to where You are leading me, not just making decisions by myself. I surrender to Your will, whatever that may be.
I pray in Your most holy name, Amen.