“May today there be peace within.
May you trust God that you are exactly where you are meant to be.”St. Thérèse de Lisieux
Meant To Be
The blessing for the week ,written by St. Thérèse of Lisieux, is simple but profound. My meditation group closes each week with it.
Young Therese lived into a simplistic approach to loving God and others. Also known as “the Little Flower,” she had a sweet innocence about her, but also experienced emotional strife during a period of detachment and extreme angst, loneliness, and doubt referred to as ‘the dark night of the soul.’ Mother Teresa suffered from the same. This blessing was a guiding light for both.
Have you had moments where you’re spirit has been broken, or you’ve felt disillusioned and uncertain? Or where you’ve been pushed beyond your limit? Fred Buechner, a favorite writer says,
“if you don’t have doubts you’re either kidding yourself or asleep. Doubts are the ants-in-the-pants of faith.”
It’s just part of the deal; we must duke out. In eastern philosophy it’s known as the battle between our little self (our ego) versus our big Self (our Spirit.)
Recently, during a particularly rough week, I had a trifecta of explosions. First, a jar of coffee grounds exploded in my eyes, leaving me looking like a little rascals character. Then after cleaning up, new contacts and all, came a coffee maker explosion so great that hot coffee landed high on the walls in the next room, and burned me in the process. But biggest was the finale, my reaction – words and statements along the lines of “why have you forsaken me,” but a wee bit stronger language- screamed at the big guy in the sky. A wise friend later told me, “He can handle it.” I think she’s right, because soon thereafter, a quiet, clear, and simple directive word came forth. “Enough.” And that was it.
So if and when you are in the wilderness, don’t worry about the ants in your pants or the tantrum you have because of them. It’s all part of it. God can handle it, and you can too. As the Little Flower said,
“Trust you are exactly where you are meant to be.”
This Week's Muse:
This week, this day, this breath is precious. As is this blessing, left behind by a young woman who promised on her death bed to spend her days in heaven comforting those of us in the wilderness of life on earth. Now is the time to pause, and let this blessing settle into your bones. Rest, digest, and smile a smile of gentle optimism. Take five minutes to breathe this in.
This Week's Meditation:
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