Fr. Bob Guste from New Orleans had a radio show back in the 80’s. I remember driving along Barataria Blvd heading to Lafitte when I heard him speak about those who are “waiting on the Lord” before they decide what it is God wants them to do… He wasn’t talking about patience or waiting on God in a prayful sense… but those who out of fear of making a mistake are waiting for the big billboards and signs and triple confirmation that God is asking them to do something before they move.
He said, the first to letters in God is G-O, GO! … and the first three letters of Satan is S-A-T, SAT!
He explained that we should be on a journey with God and if we come across something in our everyday we should always GO! Walk in faith he said, and if we go and make a mistake we can learn from the mistake.. we will fine tune our ears to hear the voice of God, sometimes through trial and error.. (I am thankful for mercy, absolutely learned from trial and error..). He emphasized, if we wait and do nothing that we won’t accomplish anything, that we will miss the thing we should be doing in the moment and we won’t even learn from a mistake so no growth.
Obviously, I am paraphrasing the Great Msgr. Guste, may he rest in peace!
If I thought it was God I would go, ended up in the “SHOW ME STATE” — maybe I zigged when I should of zagged but I have learned that God is everywhere!
I have reflected on his talk for many, many years and still in need of further reflection.
“My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end. Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think that I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so. But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you. And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing. I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire. And I know that if I do this you will lead me by the right road though I may know nothing about it. Therefore will I trust you always though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death. I will not fear, for you are ever with me, and you will never leave me to face my perils alone.” – Thomas Merton