Nineteenth Sunday Ordinary Time Cycle A
"I Know How God Is Suppose To Work"
I know that when things happen in my own life in unexpected ways I can clearly see that God does not work in ways that I think He should.
Have you every had a similar experience?
In the first reading, Elijah is sure he knows how God will work. Jezebel, a pagan, has married King Ahab and brought pagan beliefs and practices to God's people and they had this pagan worship into their worship . Elijah has told the people how wrong they are.
Jezebel is out to get Elijah. Elijah thinks he knows how God will work. He is sure that God will destroy the problem.
But in fact, Elijah sees that God is not working as he expected and flees for his life.
It is in a cave, in isolation, that again he knows that God will pass, certainly in a storm, or in an earthquake, or in fire. But God does not come as he expected.
Instead, God comes in the most unexpected ways,
a small voice, a gentle breeze.
In the second reading, we hear of Paul's desire for God to work the way Paul thinks God should work.
According to Paul's way of thinking God is to make the Jews, of whom Paul is one, accept Christ as the fulfillment of the Hebrew Scripture.
But they, for the most part, do not. Paul is even willing to give up everything, if only they will accept Christ as the Messiah.
But they do not.
Again we see that God does not always work as we think he should.
Can you relate to this in your own life?
Why this problem?
Why this situation?
Why no money?
Why, why, why?
This was not how it was to happen.
The same lesson can be learned in this Sunday's Gospel.
Jesus is not suppose to come in the storm, on the rough waters.
And surely when He comes and calls Peter, Peter will walk on the water like Jesus with no problem.
And we know what happens.
Peter doubts and begins to sink. Perhaps in this event, Peter begins to see how small is his faith.
Maybe that same lesson can be for us when we think that God is not working as He should.
We can never know how God will work in our lives. He almost always will work in ways that we do not expect and in situation that we would have handled differently.
Below is an audio clip of a story I recently came across that makes the same point that ...
God often does not work as we think He should.
To listen click below on the Story of Kyle once told me
I loved hearing that story again. The Gospel really spoke to me last Sunday, but now I see the significance of the second reading as well.
I've been stuck in a depression because god was not acting the way I thought he should. Hearing the Gospel helped me see my lack of faith and that He had mercy and power to pull me out, but until last night's penance service, I was still very low. Today is better, and I'm glad I read your blog.
Posted by: Joni Horowitz | 08/10/2011 at 10:18 AM