The world is not a horrible place

The world is not a horrible place, but I can understand why some people might thinks so.

The news has been awful lately.  The execution of James Foley and the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson fills every newscast 24/7.

Matt Walsh tried to answer a thoughtful reader's inquiry about the state of our world and how we can even trust God in this mess:

People say to “trust God.”  It’s in the Bible.  It’s obvious that I should.  He has pulled me through so much, why should I not think He will continue to do so?  But I can’t seem to wrap my mind around what real trust in God is like.  Can you sympathize with this feeling?

Matt's response in part was:

You asked some very penetrating questions, and the only one I can answer with certainty is this: “Have you ever felt the same way?”

Answer: yes, often.

But here's the part that made me pause, because it's always the last thing that I seem to think of in my own life.  Matt asked:

This might be a dumb question, but have you asked God for help in trusting Him? Have you asked Him to help you fight the fear?

I stared at that statement for a long time.  In prayer, I always ask for God's help when I am afraid, but it never occurs to me to ask Him to help me trust Him.  I have no idea why and it's an issue I face in my prayer life all the time, whether it's a major crisis or a small corner of my life filled with petty BS, the issue of trust is always present.

I have been a Catholic for over 30 years and you would think I would have the trust thing firmly implanted in my prayer life, but I guess that's why I'm a "practicing Catholic" and not a full-fledged expert.

Matt's next statement made the alleluia chorus in my head crank up to full volume:

So let me tell you the thought that comforts and motivates me, and I think it addresses both the trust and the fear:

I must trust God that He put us here, in this place, in this country, at this time for a reason.

Ever since my conversion, I have always felt that whatever I was doing at the time was exactly what I was supposed to be doing.  My purpose in every stage of my life was clear to me from then on; marriage, children and finally going back to work.  Even this blog.

I read an article entitled Prayer is Stronger than the atom bomb and there was this marvelous quote in it:

“This is the Message of Hiroshima: Prayer in every heart, prayer on every lip, prayer moving the work of every hand throughout the world. It is this spirit of prayer that will bring us peace in this world. Will this come true?—The answer is up to you.” —Fr. Robert Schiffer, 1953

The world is not a horrible place.  It is a troubled place that needs people to trust in God and to listen to Him speak to us during prayer so that we may become aware of our reason for being here.  Once we trust Him fully, our fears will dissipate and we will have our wonderful world.

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