6:00am I opened my morning devotion and the words of freedom leapt off the page. It began with a simple prompting for this day to desire to “experience genuine freedom based on the certain truth of God’s love for you.”
Galatians 5:1, 13 says, “For freedom Christ has set us free; stand fast therefore and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery…For you were called t freedom, brethren; only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the the flesh, but through love be servants of one another.”
God, gives us this freedom (love) as a gift. Remember it was Him who first loved us. Our greatest good is to go beyond self knowledge and love others to their greatest good. Freedom is rooted in truth and ultimately toward communion with everyone in our lives (the whole world). We are blessed with all heavenly gifts to do this great work. All for the glory of God and for our good.
I have shared many times that God will take me through His refining fire, only to purify out of me what is NOT able to glorify Him or draw me closer to His love for me. He is doing that once again. I don’t always understand His ways, but I definitely have learned NOT to fight them and to trust His way is best. It often means I am sitting here eating large doses of humble pie. This time it doesn’t taste so sweet. But I know when it is fully a part of me, it will yield eternal rewards.
As I sat silently after going through my devotion, I asked God to speak. He choose to be silent.
I got myself dressed, headed to Mass and within me doing what I often take for granted – getting down on my knees before Him I saw a roaring flame in my mind. (The purifying fire was happening right here in this moment). I felt a softening of my heart. Still on my knees I opened up the daily Magnificat for July 31, 2014 and was blown away by the hymn…
I love you, O my Lord most high,
For first Your love has captured me;
I see no other liberty: Bound by Your love, I shall be free.
May memory no thought suggest
But shall to Your pure glory tend;
May understanding find no rest, Except in You, its only end.
All mine is Yours: say but the word,
Say what You will, it shall be done,
I know Your love, most gracious Lord,
I know You seek my good alone.
Apart from You, nothing can be,
So grant me this, my only wish,
To love You, Lord, eternally, You give me all in giving this.
I closed my eyes and began to offer (surrender) all of this refining to God. I simply said, “God, it is Yours. Please help me.” I cried out for Mary to tenderly love me right in this moment as my heart ached from what I needed to give to God. With that thought a tear fell from my eyes. My mind, heart, and spirit knew that He can be trusted with every bit of this. I could let go, so He can finish the purifying of my heart.
It became very evident that God remained silent during my prayer time, so that I would be willing to hear all that He had for me on my knees before the foot of the cross.
This is written directly under the hymn:
I will place my law within them, and write it upon their hearts; I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Jeremiah 31:33 Following Christ in obedience to God’s will discerned in prayer was central to St. Ignatius’ spirituality. The law of the new covenant is an expression of God’s love for us. It prescribes peace, justice, and love in place of the violence, oppression, and alienation we tend to create when we fail to listen to God’s voice speaking in the depths of our heart.
As I turned the page and began to follow along with todays readings from the book of the Prophet Jeremiah 18:1-6 I could no longer deny God, was doing a good work through this refining. I simply had to give over what He brought before me, so He could reshape it and mold it exactly as it needs to be for my good and ultimately His glory.
“The word which came to Jeremiah from the Lord saying, 2 “Arise and go down to the potter’s house, and there I will announce My words to you.” 3 Then I went down to the potter’s house, and there he was, making something on the wheel. 4 But the vessel that he was making of clay was spoiled in the hand of the potter; so he remade it into another vessel, as it pleased the potter to make.
5 Then the word of the Lord came to me saying, 6 “Can I not, O house of Israel, deal with you as this potter does?” declares the Lord. “Behold, like the clay in the potter’s hand, so are you in My hand, O house of Israel.”
Oh how I love this visual of what He is doing within me (in each of us as we allow Him to mold us): He takes our messes and creates masterpieces.
And with that I come undone.
Lifting you all to the light today friends. You are being called into freedom. God’s love awaits.