There are many things and events in my life – most of them, amazing – I have no control over: when, where and how I was born, when, where and how I will die, my innate talents and capabilities. There other things I have developed and improved over the years but only because the seeds had already been planted in me: my imagination, my facility with words and expressions, my intelligence, my empathy. There are events in my life that I never really expected but have simply fallen into my lap and am deeply grateful: my family, my career, most of my accomplishments, where I am right now.
Often, I fancy myself to be in control. But the truth is I am not in control. I am presented with options and possibilities which are usually not of my own making. The God of possibilities is in control. I am able to move forward or stay stagnant or even regress depending on my response to such options and possibilities. I have learned that when I rely solely on my own devices, I end up disappointed. But when I put my trust in God, He has never failed me. He has brought me to places and situations too much for me to have accomplished entirely on my own.
Mary was at loss when the angel came to her. But she placed her trust in the inner prodding of the Spirit in her and gave her Fiat in faith and confidence. She knew that she was in good hands. I believe I am also in good hands. I will also put my trust in the inner prodding of the Spirit within me.
Here I am, Lord; I come to do your will.
The angel said to her, “Hail, full of grace! The Lord is with you.”
“Do not be afraid, Mary,
for you have found favor with God.
Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son,
and you shall name him Jesus.
He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High,
and the Lord God will give him the throne of David his father,
and he will rule over the house of Jacob forever,
and of his Kingdom there will be no end.”
Mary said, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord.
May it be done to me according to your word.”