“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13:34-35
While at mass on Sunday, we had a speaker come in at the beginning to talk about the challenge that our parish is encouraging this lenten season: small groups. While he talked, the speaker said something that really stuck out to me. “The devil has a powerful tool: he likes to make us feel like we’re the only ones who are struggling.”
I look back on my life, and I find that statement to be more true than anything. Every time I’ve found myself in a dark place, it was easier to lock those struggles away and pretend everything was fine than to share with someone else what I’d been struggling with. I felt like I wasn’t allowed to be anything but perfect.
In fact, it’s something that I still struggle with.
However, along the path I’ve had reminders that we are never truly alone. God is always with us.
Sometimes, God is with us in the dark moments in a mystical and spiritual way. During adoration, I’ve had quotes or words or images come to me, that sustain me and remind me of my purpose. However, more often than not, God shows us His hand in the small things and the little ways: we just have to notice them.
God supports us through those around us: our family, our friends, and even our classmates or coworkers. It is through them that he can remind us of our purpose and gently guide us on our way. Most times, the other person doesn’t even realize they are being used as an instrument of God’s plan, but through our relationships with others we know His love for us.
When I first joined our small group, I found the bright spot in my darkness through the honest and open conversation we as sisters in Christ were able to have. I found gentle guidance when I fell, I found support when I felt weak, I found laughter when I needed joy. I found God.
So sisters, I challenge you this lent to find yourself a small group of people who love you unconditionally, will hold you accountable to high standards of living, and never let you forget how important you are to God’s plan. Hold them tight and let God speak through them in your life.
Thank you for reading! As always, you’re in my imperfect prayers.
SIDE NOTE: If you’re in the area and haven’t already, sign up for our parish’s Women’s conference (you’ll get to hear us speak about our walk of faith!)