Some of you may have read this quote before. It was written by Walter Ciszek, a Jesuit who found himself imprisoned in the Soviet Union for many years after World War II.
“God’s will was not hidden somewhere ‘out there’ . . . the situations [in which I found myself] were his will for me. What he wanted was for me to accept these situations as from his hands, to let go of the reins and place myself entirely at his disposal.”
What Water is saying is that for most of the time, God’s will is where we are. He has willed the things that are put in front of us moment by moment – for a reason. Yes, we need to seek His will all the time, especially with the ‘big’ things (like where to live, where to work, who to marry) – but it’s moment by moment that His will is worked out in our lives, in all the things we face and are challenged by daily. He has a great point – even the little things we face are God either working on us, or using us to work on others. The detail is mind boggling and pretty amazing all at once!
So take a look at your day. Who did you talk with? What challenges did you face?
Mostly*, it is these things that are God’s will for your life. He is guiding you, shaping you, turning you into the person He wants you to be, to fulfill the good works He has already set aside for you – through your every day life.
For we are His creation, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared ahead of time so that we should walk in them.
(*I say Mostly – there are things that happen in our lives that I would not consider to be God’s express will for your life. Sin and suffering being the two things that come instantly to mind. He can use both of these things, and often will, but they are not what God wants for your life)
And as a final note, I must say thanks to Craig for the good chat today (which was caused by his email being hacked) – that led to remembering this and therefore, this post directly! See? God can even use the really annoying things that happen to us for something good.