no coincidence, no accidents…only Masterful order in perseverance

“And I saw that truly nothing happens by accident or luck,
but everything by God’s wise providence …
for matters that have been in God’s foreseeing wisdom,
since before time began, befall us suddenly, all unawares;
and so in our blindness and ignorance, we say that this is accident or luck,
but to our Lord God, it is not so.”

St. Juliana of Norwich

(the odd clouds on a chilly late December Saturday afternoon / Julie Cook /2020)

“Many of the saints tell us that these times of God-ordained ‘desolation’
or dryness are very important times of growth if we persevere through them
by exercising a deeper faith, hope, and love. It is particularly important,
they tell us, not to give up our spiritual practices but to remain faithful.
God in His wisdom knows how long and how deeply we must be tried in order
to come closer to Him, and we should patiently trust Him during the
trial while persevering in our practices.”

Ralph Martin, p.174
An Excerpt From,
Fulfillment of all Desire

(a chilly puffy afternoon / Julie Cook / 2020)

7 comments on “no coincidence, no accidents…only Masterful order in perseverance

  1. […] no coincidence, no accidents…only Masterful order in perseverance […]

  2. Frank Hubeny says:

    Accidents or luck have often appeared to me as impersonal, non-explanations for what happened. Seeing everything provided by God is an explanation that makes everything personal and providential.

  3. oneta hayes says:

    This points to the theme I’ve been harping on about knowing God, seeking his face. If we look to Him as a source of our fortune/luck, we find a wonderful “pot of gold.” It is a joyful life when with thankful hearts we credit Him as our source. Have a good day, Julie.

  4. oneta hayes says:

    I will see if I can find it quickly – that means before I go take a nap. 😀

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