A friend sent me a picture of a poster she made, which hangs on her frige. It deliniates the voice of God and the voice of Satan. Many times, when we are faced with making a decision, we are instantly snared with the anxiety of the possible outcomes. Asserting control (as it was once said, “control=fear”) we do what we can to make things happen for ourselves. In the spiritual life, however, we should be doing the opposite.
“When I see that the burden is beyond my strength, I do not consider or analyze it or probe into it, but I run like a child to the Heart of Jesus and say only one word to Him: “You can do all things.” And then I keep silent, because I know that Jesus Himself will intervene in the matter, and as for me, instead of tormenting myself, I use that time to love Him.” (1033, page 392) St Faustina’s Diary
How frustrated we are lately because so many things are “out of our control.” We are a bit delusional in thinking anything was ever actually within our control. When I woke up this morning, it was because God saw it fit in His providence to give me breath for another day. I do not control what days I live or don’t. He is the author of life.
When I go to make a decision, I pull up a picture I have on my phone that a friend sent me of a poster she has on her frige. Here is a remake of that poster for our quick reference:
Stills, Reassures, Leads, Encourages, Convicts, Calms, Enlightens and Comforts us
Rushes, Pushes, Frightens, Confuses, Obsesses, Worries, Condemns
When you are faced with a new dilemma or have a decision to make, check your spirit. Anything from God will not lead you forward without peace and the grace to accomplish what He is asking of you. Anything else, is not from God and not worth listening to at all.