Look From Another Perspective
Have you ever struggled to understand something, looking at it from every level that you possibly could, still finding no success? I know for myself taking math in high school was rough. I tried my very best, stayed in at lunches and after school, did all of the work, and still only ended up achieving an average mark. Part of being human comes the tendancy to learn, to seek further understanding and to keep trying until we either quit, or make some form of progress for attaining the knowledge. When it comes to faith, we usually see this same struggle. People continually try to understand Scripture, try to see God working within the world, try to understand why bad things happen, why we are given free will. When it comes to God, we have many unanswerable questions, and that's okay, we're not supposed to know everything, but learn one day at a time. God wouldn't be God if we did have all of the knowledge. We so often see the same struggle though, people trying to learn more in all they do, or they give up, and leave with the mindframe that because they don't understand, God doesn't exist. Where we lose focus in stopping ourselves from always trying to understand, and accept God's will in the moment. Do you get lost trying to find explanations for everything, or do you try to surrender at least part of the load to God?
Today's Gospel states:'Again he said to them, "I go away, and you will seek me and die in your sin; where I am going, you cannot come." Then said the Jews, "Will he kill himself, since he says, `Where I am going, you cannot come'?" He said to them, "You are from below, I am from above; you are of this world, I am not of this world. I told you that you would die in your sins, for you will die in your sins unless you believe that I am he." They said to him, "Who are you?" Jesus said to them, "Even what I have told you from the beginning. I have much to say about you and much to judge; but he who sent me is true, and I declare to the world what I have heard from him." They did not understand that he spoke to them of the Father. So Jesus said, "When you have lifted up the Son of man, then you will know that I am he, and that I do nothing on my own authority but speak thus as the Father taught me. And he who sent me is with me; he has not left me alone, for I always do what is pleasing to him." As he spoke thus, many believed in him' (John 8:21-30).
Today's reading talks about how the people did not understand Jesus. He taught them for weeks, very careful to explain, yet they still didn't get what he was teaching until after his death and resurrection. Sometimes it's easy to miss what's being given right in front of us. I find working with mu students, that a lot of the time, they just need to see the questions from an other perspective before they can work their way through to understanding the concept. We need to take a step back when we're lost in uncertainty, and give it to God, allowing the chance to see another perspective and find meaning and understanding for things in our lives. It takes great patience, which is never easy, and why so many give up. We need to be an example for them, being patient and taking the time to allow God to show us His will. Take some time to pray and ask God to help you to be patient and find understanding.
Today we pray:
Thank You for being at the centre on my life. Help me to be patient as I look for meaning and understanding for the things happening in my life.
I pray in Your most holy name, Amen.