I used to include this quote in my email signature, and I think it might be time to make it part of my signature again. Such a simple thing to remember… such an easy thing to forget.
A corollary to this thought would be:
“Look at what God is doing, not at what the devil is doing.” (My spiritual director to me… again and again… and yet again)
Time and time again, when my spirit is downcast, when the trials seem too much, when my strength fails me, it is a result of having taken my eyes off the Lord. I often find myself going down a thought rabbit hole. I want so badly to understand what is going on, and more, why is it going on?
“…where sin increased, grace overflowed all the more…” Think about that…
No matter what is going on in our hearts, our minds, or our lives, God always has the upper hand. He is ALWAYS in control.
And what is this purpose? To find out, we need to look at God.
When our hearts are downcast, we must remember… Grace is all around us. We are never alone.
When situations seem hopeless, let us ask ourselves, Where is God in this? Whatever “this” is, His grace overflows and is enough. It is sufficient for us. All things work for good for us who love the Lord. And if we still can’t see Him, if the storm is so loud we can not hear His voice, let us run to the Tabernacle. As a lighthouse in a storm, the Blessed Sacrament will bring us safely to port.