Why are you anxious about clothes? Learn from the way the wild flowers grow. They do not work or spin. But I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was clothed like one of them.
-Matthew 6: 28-29
The love of God is my rock.
Have you noticed how easy it is to get dressed when it’s a beautiful day out; and on the other hand, how complicated it is to find an outfit to face the rain in: shoes that won’t slip, clothes that will keep you warm, something to protect you from getting wet, and a good umbrella?
Sometimes, your life is like a rainy day. The sky is cloudy, there is little light, the thunder sounds threatening, water pours from the sky, and you don’t know how long it will last. And this is not only in your own life; your heart of a woman also embraces and worries about the people you love and those close to you, the ones who suffer and the ones who need you.
Your intuition allows you to see the dangers that threaten you or those you love, and many times the consequences are out of your control. What anguish this can create in your life! Sometimes your heart seems to live permanently in the bleakness of early winter, with rain, cold and that dim grayish sky that seems to unravel all hope within you. The bright sun of spring and the heat of summer seem to hide, and God stays behind the clouds.
That’s why I invite you to meditate on what God wants to give you with the dress of trust. God not only gives you the assurance that you will always be protected from the rain, cold and wind, but he also offers you the umbrella of his presence and fidelity.
In all the storms and battles that you have to face; in every situation where the coldness of indifference and a lack of love reach your heart; in the problems that shake you like the strong winds of fall, God protects you by offering you the dress of trust and the secret of his divine providence, which is the umbrella that you must always open when storms arrive.
As a woman, one of the most subtle temptations you face is wanting to solve everything. That is why today God is asking you to abandon yourself more fully into his hands, and to find deeper security in how he wants to work behind the clouds that sometimes cover the sky of your life. Let Providence act, live the storms smiling under your umbrella, dressed in trust, with the joy you had as a little girl, when you weren’t afraid of the rain but attracted and fascinated by it.
Learn to love the rain because it is sent by the one who cares for you from heaven. Try to laugh and jump in the puddles, splashing without fear. Contemplate the familiar scenes around you with new eyes. When the sun shines again, you will realize that God is faithful to his promises, that the storm has freed you from those concerns that you don’t have to hold on to, that you are more free, that the air is more pure, and that you appreciate the light that God offers you even more.
How different it is to live life trusting in the umbrella of the fidelity of God, who promised that we will not be tempted beyond our strength and that everything that happens to us, if we trust in him, will work towards our good.
TEXT FOR MEDITATION
My soul, be at rest in God alone, from whom comes my hope. God alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not fall. -Psalm 62: 6-7
JOURNEY / CHALLENGE
Think of three situations that worry you and that you feel are out of your control. In prayer, put them in the hands of God, trusting in his love and his providence.
GIVE ME YOUR HAND?
Yes, I ask for your hand so you can feel the strength of mine,
It will save you from wandering aimlessly through the world,
The same hand that will sustain you, when you sink because of your lack of trust,
The one that will serve as your support, consolation, and guide to climb to the summit,
The one that will show you the wounds of my Passion, to prove to you my love and
My soul to Jesus:
Take my hand Lord, as my guide and my Shepherd
In darkness, lead me on the path of safety
In solitude, on that of consolation
In doubt, on that of hope
In pain, on that of offering myself
In temptation, on that of victory
Extract taken from the book Jesús a mi alma by Fr. Guillermo Serra, LC