Our worries will not change the outcome of the future.
Well, 2020 is almost over. What a year it has been!
When news first broke about a global pandemic, I remember feeling very anxious about what was to come. All of a sudden, every time I checked the news, went on social media, or read an article, there was talk about adapting to 'the new normal'. Just like millions of others, I did not like this concept of a 'new normal' and it wasn't something I was ready to welcome with open arms.
Accepting this 'new normal' to me, meant saying goodbye to the life we had always known; in a way, almost saying things would never go back to the way they were. I would feel a pit at the bottom of my stomach when I wondered what the world would look like months later, a year later, five years later, etc.
My daughter was only a few months old at the time, and I feared for her future, too. Suddenly we had to adapt to a life where seeing others was scary, and we were constantly told to isolate from others. People outside of our household suddenly became those we should fear and stay away from.
Oh, what a sad world it has been.
I kept bringing this to prayer, asking the Lord to bring calm to my life. And suddenly, the Lord spoke to me... through Saints:
“Anxiety is the greatest evil that can befall a soul except sin. God commands you to pray, but He forbids you to worry.” St. Francis de Sales
“Nothing great is ever achieved without enduring much.” St. Catherine of Siena
“It isn’t good to let our thoughts disturb us or worry us at all.” St. Teresa of Ávila
My friends, the Saints. God sent them to me during this year of uncertainty, all of whom I am so grateful for. They have become a part of my life.
The more I read, the more I prayed, the more I not only realized, but fully understood, that the awful feeling of fear, uncertainty, and anxiety all came from one source: the evil one. Not God. And that is something that did not sit well with me. I did not want any part of it.
I asked God for the grace of courage, faith, and hope; to help me overcome the worries I had about the future.
My sisters, God is so good. As the days went on, I felt the grasp of my worrying loosen, until one day I finally experienced a lightness I hadn't in a long time. My heart felt joyful, full of hope and trust in the Lord.
I'm not sure where you are in your faith journey, and many of our lives have been impacted by the pandemic in a severe way this year. Many have lost their jobs, homes, health, loved ones... The list goes on.
It has been a difficult year, no doubt.
And we don't know what tomorrow holds...
But we do know the One who holds it.
Our worries will not change the outcome of the future. But our faith in God can help us find the strength we need to face whatever it may be, but also to hold on to the hope and promise of God that He will never leave us.
Hold fast in prayer, sisters! And do not lose your hope.
Do not let the media, news and government steal your joy that is deeply rooted in Christ. No one can ever take that away from us.
This Christmas, though it may look different for many of us, invite Christ to be reborn into your hearts. He will strengthen you in this trying time, and we WILL make it through okay in the end.
In hope and joy,