Has it ever happened to you that your
plans were all set for the day, all organized down to the most minute detail
and then out of the blue someone or something totally upset everything? Maybe
somebody, some person appeared on the scene that you had not expected in a blue
moon. What was your reaction to
this? Did you get upset, angry, irked
and you let the person know by word and gesture! Maybe your thoughts ran as such: I have my
plans, my goals and my objectives to accomplish and they have to be carried out
and that’s it!
There is nothing wrong with order,
method, long-term planning and even short-term planning and goals. If not the
world would be in total disarray and disorder, no doubt! Even St. Ignatius of Loyola states that one
of the primary purposes of going through a series of Spiritual Exercises is for
the purpose of ordering the disordered.
However, to live our spiritual
journey with the Lord we must accustom ourselves to expect surprises,
contradictions, upset plans and let’s say it, the reality of the cross--- not
to do our will but the will of God!
Where are we heading with this short
reflection? Very simply this: our God is a mysterious God and a God of
surprises. God will send many surprises to you during the whole course of your
life. Many of these surprises consist of God intervening to upset your
Therefore, how can we react towards
the intervention of surprises and the apparent upsetting of our well-ordered
plans and projects? We should have a
strategy and here it is.
BE PREPARED! Be prepared right now for surprises and the
contradiction of your well-thought out and well-prepared plans. If you are
vigilant and prepared for the inevitable: the surprise contradiction of your
plans, then you will not lose your peace when it happens.
GOD’S DIVINE PROVIDENCE. Even though our plans may be brilliant and
well-thought out, God’s mind and His will far transcend our mental projections!
CONTRADICTIONS ARISE? Instead of giving into your normal and
inherent impulsivity and impetuous nature, stop and pray and reflect on the
reality of God intervening with another plan which is better than yours!
LOOK AT THE CROSS. When the
contradiction of your plans, the upset nature of your projects weighs down upon
you, then look up at Jesus as He hangs on the cross and remember His last words
shortly before He gave up His spirit: “Father into your hands I commend my spirit.”
Jesus hanging on the cross, shedding every drop of His Precious Blood, how
counter-cultural that God would decide upon this means to save the whole
created universe. He ends by breathing forth His spirit into the hands of the
HUMILITY. Our pride can very easily get the best of
us! One manifestation of pride is that
we can convince ourselves that our persons, projects and ways of doing things
are superior to the others that surround us. God can intervene to contradict
our plans for the simple reason to lower our pride and help us to grow in that
virtue so pleasing to Jesus—meekness and humility. Jesus once described His personality, the
disposition of His Heart with these words:
“I am meek and humble of heart.”
In conclusion, none of us like to be
upset and turned upside down by others who contradict our plans, purposes and
goals. But let us stop the next time and
reflect: maybe this contradiction comes from God Himself. Then, no doubt, His
plans far exceed ours. May our prayer
kingdom come thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven….”