Lent 2019 – Day 17

By on 22/03/2019

More than our Circumstances

Friday 22nd March

And we all with unveiled face, as beholding as in a mirror, the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image. 2 Corinth 3:18 (NASB)

I walked into the office with my arm full of bags and dumped them down on some chairs with a heavy sigh.

Not only had I had little sleep over the past fortnight due to a back condition that was ‘playing ‘up, but I had just reached my limit of 10 days of driving around going from doctor appointments to x-rays to blood tests, to pharmacies and back to the doctors for a member of my family.

I was tired. Tired of it all. And so, I expressed myself to all in earshot of my voice. Whether they wanted to listen or not. I was complaining.

Maybe I had some good reasons to be upset but I was not happy. As the saying goes – ‘not happy Jan.’ Someone who cares for me just the other day reminded me of that day!

Reflecting upon my behaviour, it was not bad as such, but I had not accepted my circumstances. I could not change them right there and then.

I had to accept where I was, even if I had not chosen it.

I could decide to see the best of everything or the worst of everything. I could decide to wallow in my disappointment or ask God to grace me with the strength and courage (for I felt unable to do this myself) to lift me out of the ‘pit’.

Our Lord chose to love us unconditionally whether or not we returned that love. Whether or not we appreciated Him or not. Whether or not we even believed He existed. He STILL LOVED. Coming down off His throne to live on Earth for 33 years showed us this love. Dying for us on the Cross showed us this Love.

Why could I not follow His example and show this love to a member of my family?

So, accepting my circumstances, accepting my sinful nature, accepting I needed to say sorry, accepting I needed forgiveness, accepting I needed Him – a Saviour- MY Saviour to change me to learn to Love more like Him, helped me take a step more towards holiness.

Where do you need the Saviour? Do you need to accept your circumstances and then allow Him to come and transform you, your thinking, your attitude, your love, and maybe even your circumstances? For He is Jesus, Our Lord and Saviour and is quite capable to do it all.

PRAYER: Lord, here I am. This is me in all my imperfections and I need you today. Grace me with the strength and courage to accept my circumstances and transform my thinking and my attitude so that I can be transformed into your image. Amen.

Written by
Rosemary Downes: Co-founder of The Catholic Guy Ministry and founder of the Heart Ministry for Women.

17 comments on “Lent 2019 – Day 17

  1. Thank you Rosemary , your style of writing is simple and understanding , keep up the good work, many Catholics get lost with the traditional way of praying. You have been blest with your style of communication.

  2. Rosemary,

    Your humility is beyond measure.
    You have expressed this in such simple life related examples that everyone can relate to.
    I thank you very much


  3. I need help with showing my love to my family a lot more I love them so much but having trouble expressing that love that I want to give .God bless my beautiful three children with their partners ,my husband that’s a little bit distance from the marriage at the moment and also my Parents which need so much help with their health , bless my mother-in-law that’s going through some family issues At the moment ,God send me some love

  4. I agree with Rudy – thank you, Rosemary. It’s often the every day grind that can distract us and then something extra like a physical problem or an extra responsibility will make us forget what is important and we can think and act ungraciously. Although, a bit of a whinge every now and then is okay, I reckon 🙂

  5. Rosemary you hit home with me today. I also have been tired and cranky with someone who needs my care. We can get caught up in our own thoughts and wants.
    Thank you God for giving me good health that I can care for others. Thy will not my will be done.

  6. Mrs. Rosemary,
    Thank you for another heartwarming message. I can identify with all that you have shared with us.
    When it is all said and done, we are all so similar. It is a beautiful thing to totally be similar to others, especially those who are all the way across the world. I thank God for each of you. And may He continue to bless and keep you.

  7. Great reflection. Help me Lord to accept my circumstance/situation and then to
    Seek your help in attaining the spiritual strength and guidance to complete whatever the task before me. Amen.

  8. Thank you Rosemary for reminding me of God’s unconditional love. I pray I accept my circumstances with generosity and love. Amen

  9. Thank you Rosemary for such a simple but powerful reflection. It simply demonstrates to us how we need His grace at any given time in our spiritual walk with Him; apart from Him, we can do nothing.
    I need thee, Lord I need thee; for I am nothing, and can do nothing without thee!

  10. Ever so help full and in simple, humble words, easy to understand and relate to. You are a spiritual and loving person and so helpful in this Ministry. I pray you and Bruce everyday as you both are and inspiration to all. Thank-you, this really helped me this day.

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