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Reflection by Lisa Connor
Today's Gospel: Mark 8:11-13
I often want a sign to validate what I am doing or considering.
But doesn’t that deny the whole idea of trusting God?
If I believe that God has my best interests at heart, but I ask for a sign, am I really just testing God like the Pharisees? Trusting God does not require proof or a specific sign. Trust allows us to move through life with confident faith.
Confident faith means that sometimes we may need to take an uncomfortable path. That is where we gain perspective, build confidence, or identify something we have never considered.
We are often so busy looking for the signs we expect - a clear answer, validation, or relief of some sort - that we fail to recognize the signs God is placing on our path. By expecting God to give us the signs we envision, we can be blind to the signs we need - humility, a new alternative, an ending, or forgiveness.
Signs come in many forms. They provide what we lack so that we can be courageous, more confident in decisions, and ultimately, lead others to Him. If we take a moment to reframe our expectations and trust God’s grace, perhaps those seemingly incorrect paths actually lead us to the signs we need at that moment.
His signs are all around us. We must open our hearts to see what God has designed for us. By trusting God, we can become a sign to others. Trust like that can change the world.
Am I truly open to what God is guiding me to do?
Dear Lord, help me to trust Your plan even when it is unexpected or difficult. Let me see the signs You provide and use them to change the world.
Copyright 2024 Lisa Connor
Lisa Connor and her husband, Mike, are the parents of five children. When she is not cooking large meals, reading a good book, or honing her amateur photography skills, she can be found working to help more children experience the value of a Catholic education.