Learn to get in touch with the silence within yourself, and know that everything in life has purpose. There are no mistakes, no coincidences, all events are blessings given to us to learn from. Elisabeth Kuebler-Ross
Meditation: Sometimes life seems so random. Sometimes there are challenging times in life the meaning of which we cannot see until years later. I remember my twenties. I call them my “desert years”. I struggled a lot with loneliness. I was seeking direction and wondered for years why in the world I was studying theology when I knew did not want to be a pastor. Eight years of theological studies seemed like a life sentence. The year before my desert walk (= my studies) ended, I discovered the path of coming to the US and receiving training as a chaplain. My heart pounded filled with excitement and hope… Maybe these eight desert years were not wasted? Maybe I was being prepared for something different, something more long-term, something I could not have fathomed, imagined or even been ready for before this time? Faith is the decision to trust God, to trust life and to hope that all things will work together for good, even though many times nothing seems to make sense. Faith means believing that along the way, and also in the end God will put our mosaic life together as a beautiful tapestry. None of our desert walks, none of our “lost years”, none of our painful waiting periods in life are wasted. All were preparation times. As we become silent and listen within, we may at times catch a glimpse of God’s larger purpose and vision for us. I call those “Grace moments”. In those moments God’s Spirit wants to encourage us and nudge us to keep going even though we can’t see the road ahead of us.
Prayer: God, You guide us in ways that only in hindsight makes sense to us. Thank You that You always have the full picture of our life in mind, when we ourselves can often not even see the next step. Your calling is on all of our lives. You invite us to trust You. Your will is for our fragmented life pieces to find meaning and to one day come together in Your embrace. And we are grateful. Amen
We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God—those whom he has called according to his plan. Romans 8:28