Step #2: Meditatio / Meditate
Use the following meditation to help you reflect more deeply on the Scripture (you may want to read the passage again).
“There is an appointed time for everything.”
Man are those words hard to accept in their entirety. It’s easy to grasp that the Lord has appointed a time for our joy or that he’s appointed a time filled with obvious blessings. When things are going well, when our friendships are flourishing or when we feel successful at school, it’s easy to recognize the goodness of God in the things/circumstances surrounding us.
But what about moments of frustration or hurt? Do we accept that the Lord has “appointed” a time for those things as well?
Maybe the even better question is, do we believe when the Lord tells us He makes “all things work for good” (Romans 8:28) that He actually can, that He actually will?
It is so hard, in moments of difficulty and suffering, to believe in God’s goodness. So often in my own life, when things get hard, I find myself asking God “Why are you letting this happen to me?” not “What good are you doing in me through this?”
The Lord invites us, in the Scriptures we read today, to re-frame our understanding of who He is so that we can re-frame our understanding of our own circumstances. It’s common for us to allow our circumstances to inform our understanding of God instead of allowing our understanding of God to inform our circumstances. We allow difficult situations to cause us to question God’s goodness instead of allowing our belief in God’s goodness to shed light into our difficult situations.
But our situations are constantly changing, God never does. So let us ask God today for the grace to see with a Heaven perspective. To look at life through the lens of who God is instead of through the lens of whatever it is that we’re dealing with. Because God has “appointed a time for everything,” which means it must be good - Our Lord doesn’t know how to be anything else.
Step #3: Oratio / Pray
These questions are to be used to talk to God; have a conversation with the Lord about these questions and what is going on in your heart as you pray today.
During moments of frustration or hurt, do you accept that the Lord has “appointed” a time for those things?
Do you believe when the Lord tells us He makes “all things work for good” (Romans 8:28) that He actually can, that He actually will?
Do you believe that the Lord can bring good from anything? Can bring about our salvation through any circumstance if we are open?
Step #4: Contemplatio / Contemplate
In this step, you listen. Stop talking, let God speak to your heart. You may repeat one of these short phrases to focus your mind on the Lord.
"I trust in your plan."
"I'm willing to carry my cross with you."
"I love you Lord."
Step #5: Actio / Act
In light of today's reading and your time spent in prayer with the Lord, what concrete action or actions will you take to let this encounter with the Lord bear fruit in you today?
Take some time today to think about something that happened in the past that wasn't ideal, but that the Lord produced good from it. If you can't find something in your own life, ask a friend or your parents the same question.
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