HOW INSPIRING – Matthew 24:36
Are We Prepared for the Will of God?
“But about that day and hour no one knows, neither the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.”
My father, rarely a churchgoer, became very close to the Lord in his last years, watching mass on TV usually twice a day.
As he grew into God’s arms with love, grace and compassion, Dad displayed a faith that was at times beyond courageous.
In his darkness from failed eyesight, Dad still saw the light of Christ and shared it with those he came in contact with. He found joy is everyone’s words, and sought to console rather than to be consoled. He came to an understanding with the Lord and he demonstrated that peace and acceptance to all those around him.
Last January, after being rushed to the hospital for the second time in a year, Dad said to me, “I hope I get well quickly so I can go home”. Sitting on the bed with him, holding hands I responded, “what if you can’t go home this time, Dad?” As he sat there, he raised his arms to the heavens and bravely said, “if that is God’s will, then so be it.” The following morning the Lord summoned Dad to his heavenly home. Dad’s accepting words of his fate have resonated with me ever since.
There will always be challenges and situations in our lives beyond our control, which may not have the outcome we expect or desire. At those times, may we remember to reflect on Dad’s courageous words … “ If that is God’s will, then so be it.”