Growing in trust and abandonment to God is a disposition, a mindset, and an attitude.
St Therese of Lisieux, known as the ‘Little Flower’, is an inspiring model of a young saint who learned how to live with profound trust in God.
In this post, we reflect on Therese’s way of abandonment and trust and how we can live it daily.
Seeing God as a father figure, rather than a tyrant
“My little way is the way of spiritual childhood, the way of trust and absolute self-surrender.”
Therese had great trust and abandonment in God because she saw Him as a caring father, instead of an authority figure to be feared.
If He was a loving father, she saw herself as a child who could entrust her entire life to God, despite any storms, obstacles, and limitations she experienced.
“To remain little is to recognize one’s nothingness, to expect everything from God, as a little child expects everything from his father.”
Reflect: How do I see God? Do I find my security in Him amid the uncertainty of my life? Or do I see God as a tyrannical figure to be feared that perhaps I may do the right thing only out of fear?
Our weaknesses are not a barrier
“Holiness is not one exercise or another. It consists in a disposition of the heart, which renders us humble and little in the hands of God, conscious of our weakness but confident, even daringly confident, in God’s goodness.”
Therese did not see her weakness as an obstacle in her life but as a path to grow in abandonment and trust in God.
We all have weaknesses that we have to work on, but it is easy to become discouraged by them.
Instead, our weaknesses are an opportunity for us to grow in the virtue to humility, allowing us to rely more on God’s grace and thus, grow in abandonment and trust.
“For when I am weak, then I am strong.” – St Paul
Reflect: Do I see my weaknesses in a positive light? As an opportunity to grow in the virtue of humility, trust, and abandonment in my father God?
“Unless you become like a little child you shall not enter the Kingdom of Heaven.” (Matthew 18:3)