Could it be that God persists, too, until we are open to God's plan?
by Sister Elise Cholewinski
It has been five years since I lost my brother Dan. He had been in failing health for eight months and had undergone major heart surgery. In the midst of waiting for a heart transplant he had a stroke. During all that time I prayed several times a day that he would be restored to health. Then I began to wonder what could possibly happen if he did receive a heart transplant. What complications would he have to face? Finally one morning I told God that I just didn’t know what was best for my brother. I then placed Dan in God’s hands. I concluded my prayer by saying, “I want what you want.” As I left for work that day, I felt the tension leaving my body and I knew a profound peace. The following night my brother died.
In today’s Gospel Jesus points out how important it is to be persistent in our prayer. I believe that through our persistence the Holy Spirit eventually draws us to an openness and trust in our stance before our heavenly Father. Even as we persist in asking, I think God is persistent, waiting and waiting and waiting, until that moment arrives when we can surrender our desires into His loving embrace.
- For which persons or intentions have you been persistently praying?
- Has there been a moment in your prayer when you surrendered a person or intention into God’s hands? What was that moment like? How did you feel afterward?