“But when he comes, the Spirit of truth, he will guide you to all truth.  He will not speak on his own, but he will speak what he hears, and will declare to you the things that are coming” (John 16:13-14).

During a recent Confession, I realized my greatest desire was truly to do the will of God; at the same time, coming to grips with this is also my greatest difficulty. My contrite heart longs to please God; however, as Jesus told the sleepy Apostles in Gethsemane, “The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”  How do we please God? Jesus, our model of pleasing the Father, did so by simply doing the will of the Father. 

This is where my flesh is weakest, discerning God’s will over mine. My fear of the unknown or doing the wrong thing can overwhelm me. I take comfort in this Scripture verse that the Spirit will guide us to that truth. We merely need to pray, listen, and trust. Trusting God should not be as difficult as I make it. How easily I allow fear to overcome my heart and forget the Spirit’s role in guiding my path. What is the Spirit of God trying to declare to you? 

Sometimes, discerning God’s Will can be incredibly daunting for me; I waffle back and forth, especially when the decision requires doing things out of my comfort zone. I find in those moments that it is best to pray and beg for the Lord to make it 100% clear what He wills. As I write this from thousands of feet in the air, I would still rather, for so many reasons, be at home. Yet I could not deny the message revealed to me was to step out in faith and go.

My spiritual director, the late Deacon Jerry Ryan, used to say, “if you’re going to trust God, then trust God.” I need to live what I believe by merely asking for the grace to be open to the movement of the Holy Spirit, to continue to seek his guidance in my life, and to have the courage to respond to what he declares. 

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