Last year, young Catholics praying on the streets of New York performed a short play. A young man would step away and invite Jesus to take the steering wheel of his car, but would get scared and grab the wheel before Jesus could sit on the driver’s seat. It reminded me of the times I had prayed for something, but I would not have the patience to wait for God to act.
Sometimes waiting upon God’s action is difficult because we see things only from our point of view. We don’t know or understand God’s timing or plan. We know he loves us, and for that we try to be patient.
Before this year’s March for Life, seven major Catholic organizations sent a letter to the president and congressional leaders asking them “to prioritize human life and to promote policies that will enable life to flourish.”
Last year, I saw a youth group doing an interesting exercise in trust. A few teenagers were using their jackets as blindfolds as their group partner guided their walk around the church’s garden back to their meeting room.
The idea was for some of the teenagers to learn to guide others, while the other party learned to trust and accept help from their peers. It ultimately showed how accepting God’s loving help, even when we can’t see the path we are supposed to follow, will lead us to where we are supposed to be.
By now, you’ve probably seen the heartwarming Polish Christmas ad that has been watched more than 12 million times. It’s the tale of an aging man trying to learn English alone at home, labeling household objects with Post-its before taking a trip to the UK and ... well actually, it’s probably best if you watch the video at www.youtube.com/watch?v=tU5Rnd-HM6A (warning, there is some strong language at the 1:30 mark).