Welcome to the fourth week in our Exodus study. Last week was pretty intense, we saw the Israelites leave Egypt and cross the Red Sea. We know they are heading out about a three day’s journey through the wilderness so they can worship God. This week they are going to arrive at Mount Sinai, where Moses is going to meet with God face to face and begin receiving a lot of instructions for the Israelites. You may recognize some of these instructions, have you ever heard of the 10 Commandments? We will see these at the end of the week, but before the Israelites can arrive at the mountain, they’re going to experience a few more trials. That’s what my APPLY is about this week.
Monday, April 23 Chapter 16
Tuesday, April 24 Chapter 17
Wednesday, April 25 Chapter 18
Thursday, April 26 Chapter 19
Friday, April 27 Chapter 20
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Trust is, by far, the hardest thing for me in my relationships with everyone, including God. I’m pretty sure it’s my mother’s fault, because what issues aren’t actually the fault of our parents? My whole life she’s always told me no one can be trusted. You can’t trust cops, firemen, doctors, teachers, pastors, or anyone. Everyone is either a rapist or a serial killer.
She doesn’t trust anyone, not even my dad. I’m pretty sure I’ve written a blog post about it before. She has a husband she’s been married to for over 30 years she doesn’t trust completely, a mother, and an older sister still living. My brother an I asked her one day if there was anyone in the world she trusted completely, she said no. Oh she also has two adult children. This stunned my brother and I. Going through life without anyone you trust is no way to live. I say this about her, but I feel it too.
I’m not as bad as she is. I trust my brother with almost everything. The few things I keep from him are for his own good, not my paranoia. I’ve had the opportunity to get to know some amazing people in the church and have grown very fond of Father Smiles and Father Sports. I trust all of them. I’ve opened my heart and shared my secrets…just not my deepest, darkest secrets.
But there is one person we have to learn to trust, even with our deepest, darkest secrets. Or should I say three persons, theology joke. We are called to trust God with everything, our past, present, and future, our hopes, our dreams, our fears, our burdens, our sins, and our victories. Yet how many of us hold these things in? We only present to God the things we want him to see. Maybe we are confessing our sins but is it with false humility or true contrition. Maybe we aren’t sharing our struggle with him and think we can dod things on our own without His help. You know what happens when we do that? “God [will] come only to test you and put the fear of him upon you so you do not sin.” God wants us to trust him and he will chip away at our proud, paranoid edges until he sculpts us into the men and women he has designed us to be.
St. Louis De Montfort (I think) said it’s easier to be melted down and poured into a mold than it is to be chipped at piece by piece. Who has trusted God the most, who has been steadfast and unwavering in faith? It’s not me, not my mom, not Moses nor the Israelites, not the saints, not even my grandma. But Mary, the Blessed Mother, is the mold for us. She trusted God’s plan no matter where it would lead. It is Mary who has perfect just in God and his diving plan. Mary is a good mold for us to pour ourselves into to become more like her Son. There’s just one challenge, we have to melt ourselves down first.
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