Todays first reading tells us that God teaches us what is for our good, leads us in the way we should go, and that if we can only listen to Him, we will be prosperous. (Isaiah 48:17-19)
What a profound thought. The things we need to know will be shown to us, and our way will be laid out before us.
So often I do not trust that the Lord in His good and perfect timing has a plan for my life.
When I was studying abroad in Gaming, Austria, I was blessed enough to take a trip to Pollone, Italy. Those of you who know me, know how important this trip was for me. Bl. Pier Giorgio Frassati was from Pollone. Not only did I get to see his home town, I stayed at his house, saw the bed that he died in, and hiked up his favorite mountain.
At the time, I was not a hiker. Let’s be honest, I am barely a hiker now, but I do have big dreams. But at the time, I was really NOT a hiker. As we were hiking up and up and up I thought for sure I was going to die. I shook my fist at God asking Him why He couldn’t have told me this would be certifiable torture. We made it up the mountain, and as I sat above the clouds I begged God just to let me get back down the mountain. I really didn’t want to die that night.
We started the trek down the mountain, and it got dark very quickly. We lost our place and had no headlamps. We pulled out a rope and hiked down the mountain with all of us holding on to the rope, with nothing but the blue light of our cell phone screens guiding our way.
I’ve never been so scared. I’ve never felt more alive. In that moment, I had to trust that the small amount of light we had would get us enough steps forward to get to the next area of rest and regroup. We played an endless game of telephone, shouting “ROOT” “TREE BRANCH” to help the person behind us to avoid the obstacle that we ourselves had just barely dodged. I stepped in a gopher hole and twisted my ankle (in Nike Free Sneakers no less #facepalm). When we reached the bottom of the mountain, I dropped to my knees and kissed the ground. We had done what had seemed impossible.
Over wine and guitar played in Pier Giorgio’s basement, I made friends for life that night. We had survived together.
Sometimes I feel like I am climbing down that mountain in the pitch blackness, and that I only have a tiny cell phone light guiding my way. I only have enough light to see just in front of me. And I am hoping that someone will yell: ROOT! to help me to avoid the perils of the darkness.
What a gift we have in the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is God’s way of shouting out to us what we should look out for. He guides us to our final goal, and helps us to feel the love of the Father at every step of the way.
Today’s song is a way to welcome the Holy Spirit into your life more fully. I hope you take a few minutes to sing along, and allow Him to guide you through whatever dark spot you are in right now. Trust in His ways, and allow him to give you the heads up you need!
Vero L’alto friends!