Skip to content

Like Swirling Leaves, We get Caught in the Downward Spiral of the World, the way out is Trusting in God.

By Vincent Johnson
11/22/2013 (4 years ago)
A Blest Life (www.ablestlife.com)

The only way to break free sometimes is to do nothing and accept what you can't change and let God change the rest.

Sometimes we get caught in the downward spiral of the world. There is a way out, but it takes some trust!

Like swirling leaves, we get caught up in our own frustrations.

Like swirling leaves, we get caught up in our own frustrations.

Highlights

By Vincent Johnson
A Blest Life (www.ablestlife.com)
11/22/2013 (4 years ago)

Published in Blog

Keywords: Struggle, Crosses, Sin, Anxiety, life, Jesus, God, Love, frustration


MOORESVILLE, N.C. -  I was waiting for my turn at confession contemplating and praying, when I glanced out the glass doors and noticed some fall leaves in the blustery wind swirling where they were trapped on three sides by the doors and the brick walls of the church. The leaves kept swirling and swirling around with each gust of wind, but really going nowhere.  This leaf dance seemed to just go on forever; the wind dying down for a minute, the leaves stopping only to start again once the gusty wind made its appearance again.  How appropriate for Saturday afternoon confession. 

My mind went immediately to how life goes for most of us at times when we get caught in a "corner" unable to break free from worry, depression or sin. It seems as though nothing we can do will make it stop. I'm not just talking about those that don't know Christ, I've prayed myself silly trying to break free from the swirl, but nothing worked. At least that's what I thought until I realized I was doing all the work, and instead of finding resolution I found increased frustration. I can't do this type of work, but God sure can. The only way to break free sometimes is to do nothing but accept what you can't change and let God change what he wills. He may take the cross away or leave it to fortify and strengthen you for the future.  The important thing is doing what you can to that point before handing it all over to God. We don't want to give up or give in too soon - we need to try to struggle with it with the gifts he's given us and the people he's placed in our lives.

Jesus, our Savior


The cross that Christ bore really shows us what we must do. Things are placed upon us that are heavy and difficult to carry; but that doesn't mean we throw it off. Christ's example is that with patience and love you continue to carry it. If it becomes too heavy, then rely upon God and get the help you need from your faith community until you come to your personal Calvary. If you fall, get back up and continue on your way. We all battle the desire to put off our crosses, but if they are ours then let's carry them. Remember, sometimes we put the cross upon ourselves from our decisions in life, so don't always blame God!  I firmly believe the adage "What doesn't kill us makes us stronger" and in this world I think we need some more strength!   

A birth foretold: click here to learn more!

---

Web site to inspire others in facing their day.


Comments


More Blog

Bless It or Block It

Image of 'The fervent prayer of a righteous person is very powerful.' James 5:16

'The fervent prayer of a righteous person is very powerful.' James 5:16 Sometimes we can go at it alone, yet other times we need God's help ... continue reading


The Love of God for You

Image of The Love of God --There is nothing like it.

"And may you have the power to understand, as all God's people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep His love is. May you ... continue reading


Silence Slays Souls - The Souls of Individuals and the Souls of Nations

Image of  For years, our Church has downplayed the importance of conversion and the salvation of all souls

Sunday's Gospel command (Matthew 8:16-20) to make disciples of all nations baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son and Holy ... continue reading


It's Not All About Us

Image of Jesus stands in wait to help those who call upon His holy name--especially when we are in most need.

"The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth."  Psalm 145:17-18Jesus stands in wait to help those who ... continue reading


Love Is Patient, Love Is Kind Watch

Image of It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.

"Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, ... continue reading


Never Miss any Updates!

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers.

Information
Learn about Catholic world

Catholic Online
Inform - Inspire - Ignite

Catholic Online Saints
Your saints explained

Catholic Online Prayers
Prayers for every need

Catholic Online Bible
Complete bible online

Catholic Online News
Your news Catholic eye

Daily Reading
Today's bible reading

Lent / Easter
Death & resurrection of Jesus

Advent / Christmas
Birth of Jesus

Rest of Catholic Online
All Catholic world we offer

Services
Products and services we offer

Catholic Online Shopping
Catholic medals, gifts & books

The California Network
Inspiring streaming service

Advertise on Catholic Online
Your ads on catholic.org

Catholic Online Email
Email with Catholic feel

Catholic Online Singles
Safe, secure Catholic dating

The California Studios
World-class post production service

Education
Learn the Catholic way

Catholic Online School
Free Catholic education for all

Student Classes
K-12 & Adult Education Classes

School Teachers
Teacher lesson plans & resources

Support Free Education
Tax deductible support Free education

Socials
Connect with us online

Catholic Online on Facebook
Catholic social network

Catholic Online on Twitter
Catholic Tweets

Catholic Online on YouTube
Enjoy our videos

Catholic Online on Instagram
Shared Catholic moments

Catholic Online on Pinterest
Catholic ideas style inspiration

Catholic Online Logo

Copyright 2018 Catholic Online. All materials contained on this site, whether written, audible or visual are the exclusive property of Catholic Online and are protected under U.S. and International copyright laws, © Copyright 2018 Catholic Online. Any unauthorized use, without prior written consent of Catholic Online is strictly forbidden and prohibited.