Thursday of the First Week of Advent
“God is not nervous.” A wise priest mentor of mine uses this phrase often and I recall it today when our readings speak of God as a rock.
The Prophet Isaiah says, ‘Trust in the Lord forever! For the Lord is an eternal Rock.” And in the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus says that the one who does the will of the Father is wise and builds his house on rock. “The rains fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and buffeted the house. But it did not collapse; it had been set solidly on rock.”
We can speak of God as a rock, not because He is inanimate, but because He is the trustworthy and enduring foundation who provides stability for us to withstand the storms and troubles of life. He is not nervous when the winds blow and the rains fall and He invites us to share in His solidity and live in His world.
Yet, the winds and rains we face often do trouble us. This is very normal and part of the human experience. But rather than let fear enter into us in these moments of anxiety, can we welcome them as God’s own gentle warning that we are building our house on sand and not in Him? In turning to Him in what makes us anxious, we exercise our faith.
Like the characters in C.S. Lewis’s book the Great Divorce, who, as they approach God in heaven, become “solider.” The more we live in the sovereign providence of the Father, the more rooted and stable we become. Perhaps this Advent, we can give God permission to collapse anything we have built on sand! In the end, it leads to our spiritual growth and will save us from causing great harm to others and to ourselves.
God, You are not nervous. You are our eternal rock. Collapse anything that we have built on sand and give us security in You alone. Help us to do Your will and to trust in You forever!
Fr. John Kelly
Formator - Spiritual Director, Saint John Vianney