Catholics celebrated the feast day of St. Therese of Lisieux, known as The Little Flower, a few days ago, but I only today got a chance to finish reading up on her life.
Trusting God With St. Therese is a wonderful book by Connie Rossini, and it focuses on the model St. Therese provided for having a complete and utter trust in God. The way Therese saw it, if God was her Heavenly Father who loved her, He would provide the means for her to have a joyful life and to reach Heaven. (Her life was indeed joyful, but it was also full of suffering.)
If you are anything like me and have trouble trusting that God will provide for us, try to figure out where the problem comes from. Think about it. If you believe that God indeed is our Father, and wants to provide good things to His children, why wouldn’t He do so for you? Is it our history? Maybe you’ve had trouble with your own earthly father providing for you, and it’s hard to not see God in the same way.
Or maybe you don’t feel worthy of God’s love, so you don’t trust that He can give any to you. God’s love is for perfect people, you might think. He only wants the folks who follow all the rules and do everything He wants. If you think this way, remember those whom Jesus visited in the Bible: all the sinners. He was frustrated with those who followed the rules, because that’s all they did – they didn’t see God’s love and mercy happening right in front of them.
Or maybe you’re scared of what will happen when we do trust in God. A few months ago on that TV show “The Voice” (well, the Italian version of it), a nun auditioned to be on the show. She sang a respectable version of Alicia Keys’ “No One,” and shocked all of the judges when they turned around to see her. One of the judges asked if Pope Francis knew what she was up to, and she just kind of laughed and said that people think that if you follow God, He’ll take everything good away from you – and she wanted to show the world that it wasn’t true. Do you think that if you trust in God, He’ll leave you holding the bag, completely miserable, and just drained of all happiness until you die? Because that most definitely will not happen.
It’s not easy to place our trust in God. It’s probably one of the hardest things we’ll have to do in our lifetimes. How have you tried to trust God? What has He done in your life to prove His worthiness to you?