Christ is risen! He is truly Risen! المسيح قام حقاً قام
“He called me and I couldn’t say no!” - Never in my life did I actually think that I would say that to anyone, but I did. See the problem was that I had always heard nuns say it and since this is not my calling, I never thought I’d would be able to say it. I said it, smoothly and without even thinking about. I said it in the smallest situation. “He called me and I couldn’t say no!”
I always struggled with the idea that asks, is my “yes” enough for God? Or did He ask for more and I said “no”? It turns out my “yes” was and is enough. Even though I didn’t chose monastic life, my “yes” to the Lord was and is enough. This may be an easy concept for some to grasp, but if your like me then it’s been a life long struggle.
The truth is God calls us to different tasks, the important thing is to be ready to say “He called me, and I couldn’t say No!” These could be a call to anything, it maybe to pray the rosary, read the Bible, or go to daily mass. It may not be something considered religious, it maybe making sandwiches for the hungry or knitting blankets for those stuck in the cold. What is He calling you to do today?
How is He calling you to live this mess we call life?
Good Friday just passed, in a three hour service I prayed an accumulated amount of 5 minutes. My nephews and nieces were there. So, basically anyone sitting within our radius also prayed an accumulated amount of 5 minute. As I stood there, pondering how my prayer life has changed from the pre-kids years, I realized that God is calling me to this mess. These 5 minutes were all that I needed. There is nothing about that service that I would have changed. Yes there was talking/crying/misbehaving, but they were amazingly beautiful. At that moment, in the middle of the service He called me to be with the little ones and I couldn’t say no.
God is alway calling us to be with Him, sometimes this mean praying for 5 minute out of the 3 hours and taking care of the kids for the rest. Sometimes life gets messy, but it doesn’t mean I am no longer answering God’s call! He doesn’t require more than the five minutes when there are other tasks at hand because He is working though them, so long as we keep Him at the center of the mess. I prayed as I carried my crying nephew.
He called me to everything in life and I couldn't say no!
Hey! I am Rita A. Saikali. This is my humble experience with my wonderful Jesus. Thank you for reading.