God is ALWAYS the goal

The reflection today in the Word Among Us today really struck me.  It was something I needed to be reminded of as we ttc again.  I thought it was worth sharing.

The Gospel is about how Joseph was going to divorce Mary quietly, but the angel came to him.  Basically "God had a different plan for him."  (aside, I love the archangels-my babies lost were Michael and Gabby, and my son is Charles Raphael). 

WOA: "In Joseph we see a model of humility and openness to God...Joseph was willing to follow a new path, even if it didn't completely make sense.  When faced with a radical change in his plans for his life, he took his confusion and distress to God, and he wasn't disappointed.  God spoke to him in a dream and gve him the peace he needed to embark on his new adventure.  Joseph's story tells us that we should guard against being too attached to our plansSometimes even good and noble goals, such as marriage, a chosen career, or community service may have to be put aside if God moves us in a different direction.  Of course, we should always "test everything" and "retain what is good" (1 Thessalonians 5:21).  A trusted spiritual advisor, a confessor, or a close friend are indispensable in this process.  But in the end, it always comes down to our own humility and openness to God's infinite possibilities.  Whatever plans the Lord may have for us, it's comforting to know that God is always on our side.  If we seek Him, He will reveal himself to us.  And as we seek His plans, He will make them clear as well.  We just need to stay focused on the main goal for our lives: to grow closer to the Lord and become more and more like HimHoly Spirit, nothing can compare with your wonderful plan for me.  Help me to remin open to you so that I can see more of your will for my life."

It is a motto I try to live by, one that was first presented to me through the wheelbarrow analogy I chose to name my blog after.  I am not saying I am perfect at it by any stretch, I have to recommit to it daily, but I truly believe that when I made the initial decision to reprioritize my life with the goal being to follow God's plan (knowing, at that time it may mean to remain childless), that is when I really had true spiritual healing. The physical healing, that followed later and was just icing on the cake.

I will pray the prayer suggested in the Word Among Us, for myself and for all of you.  I am attaching my favorite homily from Fr. Larry (Steubenville) that has really helped me.


Find joy in every journey said...

What a beautiful reflection. I know that my IF journey go so much easier to bear when I gave my journey to the Lord. Like you said, it takes daily recommitment. My prayers also definately changed to asking the Lord to help me learn to want to be like Him and more holy than I want to have a baby. I know he answered my prayer more than I ever imaginged!

WheelbarrowRider said...

FJIEJ, most definitely He did! I think you will find, as I did, that even when the baby comes we have to constantly remind ourselves that the child is a gift and that at any time that gift can be taken from us. Even if that happens with our child, our spouse, our loved ones (and much sooner than we are ready) we have to keep it in perspective that they weren't truly ours to begin with. Again, tall order. I pray for the grace to accept whatever comes my way!

mrsblondies said...

What a beautiful reflection! Thanks for sharing it with us.