“Let nothing disturb you, let nothing frighten you.
All things pass. God does not change. Patience achieves everything.
Whoever has God lacks nothing; God alone suffices.”
St. Teresa of Avila
Trying times overwhelm us.
There are no ifs, ands, or buts to it…
So during such times, we must be ever mindful that it is precisely how we respond
to such overwhelming trying times that will, in the end, define us—
Will we be the better for it or the worse for it?
Will the difference be life or will it be death?
And will it be either life eternal or death damnation?
Because you see, if we cry out for God’s intervention, will we be prepared for what
such an intervention will entail?
Some of us will and some of us will not.
C.S. Lewis reminds what such a cry entails…
“God will invade.
But I wonder whether people who ask God to interfere openly and directly in our
world quite realise what it will be like when He does.
When that happens, it is the end of the world.
When the author walks on to the stage the play is over.
God is going to invade, all right: but what is the good of saying you are on His side then,
when you see the whole natural universe melting away like a dream and something else –
something it never entered your head to conceive –
comes crashing in; something so beautiful to some of us and so terrible to others
that none of us will have any choice left?
For this time it will God without disguise;
something so overwhelming that it will strike either irresistible love or irresistible horror
into every creature.
It will be too late then to choose your side.
There is no use saying you choose to lie down when it has become impossible to stand up.
That will not be the time for choosing; it will be the time when we discover which side
we really have chosen, whether we realised it before or not.
Now, today, this moment, is our chance to choose the right side.
God is holding back to give us that chance.
It will not last for ever.
We must take it or leave it.”