Is it really true? We always think that God wants us to work hard. But I do disagree. It is not. Godâ€™s ways are always cool. He never wants us to slog.
We never see a bird slogging from morning till evening, getting anxious searching for its food. We never see a plant struggling hard to bear a fruit. We never see rain straining hard to downpour. We never see any animals getting worried about its future and planning so deeply to secure its life. We never see the celestial bodies striving hard to shed light. If we look at the nature we can see that except the human beings, all creation of God exist peacefully and silently to glorify the Lord of creations. They are never restless and in a hurry to achieve something. They do what they are created for. â€œThe ox knows its owner and the donkey its masterâ€™s crib; Israel does not know, my people do not understandâ€ (Isaiah 1:3).
The other day I was talking to my teenage niece. She was quite anxious and worried about her forthcoming exams and about her future in cracking entrance exams and all. I told her â€œyou just donâ€™t worry about the results; just finish what you have to study today…forget the restâ€. But she was not happy with my suggestion. She started saying â€œaunty you can tell like that. You donâ€™t know what all are the trials I face in school and in my classes. Even if I donâ€™t aspire for clearing engineering entrance exam, my friends are not going to spare me. If I donâ€™t get good marks they will treat me like dirt as if I donâ€™t know anything. More than getting an admission itâ€™s a question of acceptance in the class.â€
I have plans for your welfare
I would like to share one incidence of a person whom I know. She is the elder child of a family of very devout and pious parents. Ever since childhood she wanted to become a doctor though her parents were not very keen about it because of two reasons. The first reason is that she was not a brilliant child and the second reason is that it was one of the toughest to get admission even for the very brilliant students. However they did not discourage her.
But her mother continuously prayed for her attending all night vigils. She never prayed that her child should get admission for a medical entrance, but prayed to safeguard her from all illness so that she can perform well in her exams. Though she had joined for a coaching class for medical entrance, they left the course half way due to some internal matters. So she was not even attending any coaching classes which are a sure sign for not getting admission for a medical college as per the prevailing notion. However she was doing her self study quietly without compromising her Sunday Mass.
Anyway quite contrary to her motherâ€™s prayers she developed fever just a month before her board exams which led to some complications. With great difficulty she could finish her board exam. Her fever was troubling her intermittently. Then came the turn of entrance exams. In the middle of her exam all the family members contracted chicken pox. Her parents were anxious and wondered why God is testing so much. However they kept on praying Psalm 23 putting their complete trust in the One who keeps promises.
To every bodyâ€™s amazement the girl scored 92 % board result which is the second highest in her class which she never got in any of her classes since LKG to 12th. Moreover she cleared the entrance exam of a prestigious medical college.
Beaming with the trust and confidence in the Word of God, her mother says, â€˜God wanted my daughter to become a doctor. Though He tested my faith at the time of her exams making her sick, He literally walked with us through the valley tears. The verse of Jeremiah that â€œI have plans not for your destruction but for your welfareâ€ literally fulfilled in our lives.â€™ He can produce water from rock, He can divide oceans to make way for you, He can multiply 5 loves to feed thousands, He can feed you from skies, if He wants. He will do it for us when we surrender completely, when we put our complete trust in Him.
It is not by slogging 24×7, even forgetting to eat, drink and worship the Lord of the Universe, that we will be able to crack the toughest entrance exams. But by abiding the commandments of God, He goes ahead of us to set path and give us victory. Let the goal of our life be to fulfill the Will of God. It is always far better than what we can ever imagine. â€œFor I know the plans I have for you,â€ declares the LORD, â€œplans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a futureâ€ (Jer 29:11).
He never told us to slog. If it was needed, He would not have told us the verse.â€Work must be done for six days, but the seventh must be a holy day for you, a day of complete rest, in honour of Yahweh.â€ (Exodus 35:2). His ways are always cool. He wants us to rest and be with Him. He tells â€œSet your hearts on His kingdom first, and on Godâ€™s saving justice, and all these other things will be given you as wellâ€ (Mat 6:33). Jesus tells if you are connected to the wine you will produce many fruits. If not, even if you work unceasingly, you may not be able to crack any exam.
I told my niece â€œso my child get up and just do what you have to do today and surrender all your dreams and goals of life in the powerful hands of the Lord at whose command the whole Universe dances. Relax all Sundays; spend time with the Lord of the Universe. It revitalizes your spiritual, emotional and mental faculties. Work all other days cheerfully and enthusiastically. The success will be yours.â€ Yes, Godâ€™s ways are always cool for those who trust Him.
– – – written by Mary Joseph, Faridabad