I love stories! A story that recently came to mind was a favorite Russian folk tale called Vasalisa and her Magic Doll by Rita Grauer.
The story is about a young girl who loses her mom when she is young and has to grow up with her sister who is very jealous of her. On her death bed, her mother gave her a small magical doll. As the young girl engages each challenge in her life, she touches the doll (in her pocket) that encourages her by saying, “Do what lies before you and all will be well.”
It reminds me of the Apostles. Life was so much easier when Jesus was around. He could ‘fix’ anything. Now they were in their own. It was at Pentecost that the Apostles were strengthened and realize they could make it on their own with the help of the Holy Spirit. It was as if the Spirit was whispering to them: “Do what lies before you and all will be well.”
The Apostles received the courage to preach the good news, one day at a time, one challenge at a time. If they had seen the whole picture of what their life would entail, it would have been overwhelming. Just “do what lies before you and all will be well.”
I don’t know about you but sometimes there are days that can appear very overwhelming, so much to do and so little time. Just this week, I found myself saying, “Do what lies before you and all will be well.” I was even able to share the words of encouragement with someone asking for prayer who was feeling overwhelmed. If we can stay focused and take one step at a time, it is easier to remain at peace. That is what Jesus is giving us. Anxiety can have some awful side effects: unkind words or actions, negative behavior, sarcasm, etc.
So what do you need to do? BREATHE and ask the Holy Spirit to help you to “do what lies before you.” Trust that the Spirit is with you; call Him by name. We are now into the summer season. May it be a time of growth and peace and gratitude, knowing that “all will be well.”
Till next week,
Editor’s note: Sr. Theresita Donach, assistant national vocation director for the CSFNs, 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 email@example.com or call 847-298-6760 ext. 223.