The Manuel Family on Bending to God’s Will
As so often happens in the spiritual life, Christ has in store for us His own path, His own will, and as Christians we are called to lovingly obey Him… Through all of these twists and turns in our missionary life we have been reminded time and again that we must allow ourselves to lean on Christ and to put all of our faith in Him and the path He has in mind for us. We are called to allow the will of Christ to take center stage in our lives, and not our own will and desires. It is our duty as Christians in these moments to recognize the will of Christ and to allow Him to guide and lead us. It is indeed no easy task. Our proclivity as modern people is to independence and self-determination, to remain autonomous and in charge of our own destiny. It is to follow in the steps of the first Adam to try to live without the fount of life Himself. We are baptized though with the goal to conform to the image not of the first disobedient Adam, but Christ, the second obedient Adam. Instead, in our lives as Christians we are called to surrender our will to the Lord, to “Let Thy will be done” in loving obedience. And in that way we can proclaim as did St. Paul to the Galatians, “It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me.” (2:20)
We do not know all the details of the path that the Lord has set out for us, and we will never know fully. That is the way of the life of all missionaries, and indeed for all Christians. We do know that we are prepared to put our trust in the Lord to fulfill His will to the best of our ability.
- Missionary Newsletter from Guatemala