I hope you are enjoying this beautiful fall day. In the spirit of St. Francis, take a few minutes to enjoy the beauty of God’s creation in some form.
Have you ever heard someone say, “I’ll get to it when things are back to normal”? Or “I’ll be happy when things are back to normal”? Maybe you’ve said it yourself. I know that I’ve said it many times. This past month, a friend responded, “The only thing normal is the dial cycle on the washing machine!” We had a great laugh and, then, I started thinking about it.
My guess is that each of us has a different definition of normal. For some, it may mean a time with no stress, a time spent in their personal comfort zone, or a time to be in charge. There’s nothing wrong with these things, but I go back to my friends quote: “The only thing normal is the dial cycle on the washing machine!”
So we can live our lives looking for that normal or we can live each day with the fresh opportunity to see what God has planned for us. We need to be open to the God incidents in our daily life, for they are there. We may not like all of them, but the truth is that God is with us no matter what. I am sure that Jesus never lived a normal day in his life from start to finish. Each day he experienced the Father’s love and presence.
So it can be for us. Whether we are searching for what to do with our lives, looking for a job, recovering from natural disasters or human ones, God is always with us. The day isn’t normal but it is full of awareness of the God in our lives. With all that is happening these days, we need to know that God is with us. We need to make the choice to see God in our lives. From experience, I know that is not always easy, but the more we practice it, the better we become at recognizing God’s presence in our lives.
My prayer for you this week is that you don’t experience any normal days, except when you do your wash!
Until next week,
Sr. Theresita Donach shares this weekly reflection via e-mail with a group of women discerning their vocation. If you are interested in joining that online community, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org .