Opening Ourselves to God
However, simple amusements are not all there is to life. As Christians, we need to seek out quiet moments, listen with our hearts, and discern God’s plan for us.
As it says in the Book of Proverbs, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight (3:5-6).”
Here are three simple steps to discern God’s plan for us.
1) Find a quiet moment
In order for God to reach out to us, we need to be in a state of silence. As our blessed Mother Teresa once said,
“We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. We need silence to be able to touch souls.”
- Find yourself a quiet place. Put away all devices, and take three deep breaths. Do this for 10 minutes daily.
- This can be done before you sleep, after you wake, or even in-between breaks at the office.
- This time should be spent strictly with God - without any distractions, worries, or harried thoughts.
2) Ask the following questions
When in prayer, we often slip into requesting something from God. But in order to really hear God’s word, we need to open our ears and listen.
While at your quiet space, ask yourself the following questions:
- Do I know what is God’s will for me?
- Am I ready to carry out God’s will?
Place yourself in the situation when our beloved Mother Mary met the Angel Gabriel. What were her words to him and what can we learn from that?
Speak Lord, your servant is listening.
3) Be humble and patient
In Psalms 27:14, the Bible says, “Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart, and wait for the Lord.”
God might not reach out to you initially: but he is always there for you. The answers which you are seeking might appear subtly, such as through symbols, messages, or people. Be alert of the signs that God may send your way.
Furthermore, in Second Chronicles 34:27, it says:
“because your heart was tender and you humbled yourself before God when you heard his words. I also have heard you, declares the Lord.”
These are ways that you can open yourselves up to God, and discern the message that God has for you.
Keep at it, and we will eventually know what God has in store for us!
Article by Evan Woon
OLPS Communications Ministry
The views and recommendations expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the views of the priests of the parish or the Catholic Church of Singapore.
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