My heart beats in rhythm to the words, "poor and humble servant." You were inspired by higher ground believed the impossible was possible. Your heart, full of love and charity preserved for us all to see it. Simple, prayerful, joyful, little, weak, humble ... the way of the cross inspired you, your great vision became reality. Here I sit, where I needed to. Thank you.I prayed if God did not want me in Vermont to take the desire from me and firmly place it where it belonged. He heard every whisper and plea. God took away the desire to sell it all and move and replaced it with a greater desire to finish what we started. To live where my children can freely romp, forage, run, hoot, and holler. To build and to serve the needs of others on our land, to offer a retreat for families. My heart was reinvigorated to keep focused. Yes, Cory and I would have to forge on, work instead of vacation, but the way of the cross reminds us that the future and what we are working towards is glorious. C.S. Lewis wrote, "Aim at Heaven and you will get earth 'thrown in': aim at earth and you with get neither." We have to hold true to what we know, that the saints know God because they work for him and do not stray from the target. Joan of Arc said, "Act and God will act." So today, I write this as a first act to remind myself that our land is a refuge for others, a home to the spiritually lonely and undernourished. I am reminding myself and therefore inspiring you as well, that you must act on your deepest desires even when they seem impossible, because our faith tells us nothing is impossible with God. Brother André's work was hard and he was belittled yet he focused on a mountain and built the impossible. I share so we both can remember that what is in front of us is where we start.
"The duty of the moment is what you should be doing at any given time, in whatever place God has put you. You may not have Christ in a homeless person at your door, but you may have a little child. If you have a child, your duty of the moment may be to change a dirty diaper. So you do it. But you don't just change that diaper, you change it to the best of your ability, with great love for both God and that child. ... Doing the duty of the moment means focusing our whole person — heart, soul, body, emotions, intellect, memory, imagination — on the job at hand. And it must be done, because the duty of the moment is the duty of God." --Catherine DohertyWe all desire to do God's will, to trust our judgement to have faith in the longings of our heart and to believe they were put their by God. We have to remember that when the road gets weary and long is the time to put one foot in front of the other and nothing more; it's not the time to scrap the journey, it's time to shovel the snow and tend the fire. In our smallness let us reveal our greatness that comes from God. When you question God's will, God's plan for you, ask; take it to prayer, take it to the heart of the saints, they are ready and waiting to guide you HOME.
Copyright 2018 Maggie Eisenbarth
About the Author
Maggie is the mother of nine children. She longs to do God’s will, seek His truth and wrap it all up in a life of joy, offering hope to others. Her family is living the simple life; community, bonfires, good food and nature. She is working on a memoir, writing about how God’s grace and His Church freed her from the bondage of our culture. Follow her on Instagram @ 11arrows11.