The God Who Sees

Sometimes you don’t know what you’re made of, and you don’t see how complete God designed you. Other times there are people who say things about you which make you think you’re unable, incapable, or unqualified for the very things God designed you to do.

A great example of this is in the film The Sound of Music. My mom loved that film, and she watched it every time it was on. At the beginning of the film, there’s a scene where all the nuns are complaining about Maria: She’s late. She daydreams. She runs off to the hills and mountains and gets lost in nature. She sings in the garden without permission, and even in the abbey when it is not time to sing. But singing and dreaming and filling the day with every possible adventure is what makes Maria unique. It is what attracts the Captain to her, and enables her to reunite the relationships in his family—and endure the cruel days of flight across the Alps from the Nazis. The very things her fellow nuns had complained about in song at the beginning of the film are the things they sing about to Maria’s glory on her wedding day. They are the very things that enable Maria to help her new family fulfill their purpose.

I’ve gone through seasons when I was convinced that I wasn’t equipped to do anything for God. I thought I didn’t possess this or that necessary quality… I wonder if it has ever happened to you.

But God does not make mistakes. He has done a wonderful work in each of us. He makes everything perfect for its time and sometimes the issue is not what we lack, but that we don’t feel qualified or confident. We are qualified because God has equipped us. And we are not alone because He has given us His Holy Spirit to live and dwell in us.

Mariana Martinez, Oblate Candidate

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