Are we able to change our life plans for God’s plan for us?
Joseph had his own plans for how to handle his marriage and his life. Like we ourselves do. But God always appears in our lives to guide us away from our selfish paths and towards God’s will. We are meant to reflect God in our lives but how can we if we are living for ourselves? We need to decide if we respond to God’s call.
Joseph heard God through the silence in his dream. Joseph had time dedicated to God and so he was able to understand what God wanted him to do. If we also do not make time for prayer and to listen to God how can we be led by God? We need to remove all the distractions in our lives to hear God clearly.
And after we hear God’s call we need to follow through. When confronted with God’s will, we need to let go of ours. We cannot cling to our plans and decisions. Joseph may not even have understood why God did not agree with his plans but Joseph trusted in God and it made all the difference. Are we willing to change our plans for God?
Do we have a message from God that we have been ignoring? Are our lives being led by our self-interests rather than God’s? Although we may not understand it, can we follow through with God’s plan for us? Let us continue to let go of ourselves and hold on to God to follow God’s path.
As a Maryknoll seminarian, Diego Ramirez talks about his experience serving and accompanying communities abroad. In this conversation Diego defines or redefines what ‘missionary work’ means and how Christians can connect with our fellow neighbors.