Last week I wrote that God’s movement in our lives is a mystery and seeing Him requires us to seek Him with all our hearts, souls, minds and strength. I reassured you that I too sometimes feel that God is distant and uninvolved and if you experience this, then it is not your imagination. I shared Old Testament scripture that confirms our experience matches the experience of God’s people from all time. You are not imagining the mysteriousness of God.
There is, however, something that you just might be imagining and my hope is to provide perspective and comfort.
Does God Bless Some More Than Others?
I think we humans naturally compare our lives to other’s lives. We imagine that other’s lives are problem free and full of blessings.
Even our young son falls into the comparison trap. He thinks that Joey from his football team is a better athlete (he is). And since Joey has a swimming pool and a couple of siblings, then in the mind of my 9-year-old, Joey must be soooo much happier and more blessed. There is just no convincing him, in times of doubt, that he is just as blessed as Joey but that each of their blessings are different. Plus, I try my best to explain that he and Joey have a whole lot of life to live. The story is not over yet. He has no idea how his life and Joey’s life will transpire. But, he lacks the perspective he needs to accept this.
Do you ever look around at what others have and say to God, “What about me? Don’t You love me too?”
Healing Our Vision
When I was single, I started asking God to change and heal my vision. I didn’t mean my eyesight, I meant my perspective and how I perceived things. This human tendency to compare our lives to other’s lives and then imagine that we have somehow received the short end of the stick, is natural. But, we must see with supernatural eyes. Our natural eyes will deceive us and lead us to believe that God is stingy or that He plays favorites.
Pull Back The Veil
Part of what you are seeing when you compare, is true. Some are abundantly blessed and other do not seem to be. When looking with our natural eyes, it just does not seem to be fair. But remember, the spiritual life is veiled. When you allow God to pull back the veil and show you Truth, then you see that God is perfectly Just. His perfect justice is working all things for good. On the surface and without God, you will only see injustice. It will appear as though others have more and that God does not care.
Are You Being Tested?
This past Sunday was the feast of Corpus Christi and the first reading was so perfect I have to share it:
“Moses said to the people:
“Remember how for forty years now the LORD, your God,
has directed all your journeying in the desert,
so as to test you by affliction
and find out whether or not it was your intention
to keep his commandments.
He therefore let you be afflicted with hunger,
and then fed you with manna,
a food unknown to you and your fathers,
in order to show you that not by bread alone does one live,
but by every word that comes forth from the mouth of the LORD. Deut 8:2-3, 14 16
If you feel you are being tested, then you most likely are not imagining it. Just like scripture says, God wants to know your intentions. He is allowing you to be afflicted but, just like the Israelites, there will come a time when He will provide for you exactly what you need.
That You May See
In the meantime, pray for God to heal your sight. Thank God for your blessings and fight against the temptation to look around and keep score on what others have. Reign in your imagination by living a Sacramental life in Christ. His grace is the ointment and salve which anoint and heal our eyes and minds.
“I advise you to buy from Me gold refined by fire; and eye salve to anoint your eyes so that you may see.” Rev 3:18
Because we belong to God, our treasures will look different. But, they will be eternal and cannot be taken from us. Our minds will be refined by the fire of His love and our eyes will see with His perfect justice.
God love and bless you!
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