The sun no sooner rises than it shines; the fire is no sooner kindled than it burns; so grace acts as soon as the soul cooperates. –Bishop Fulton Sheen
My friend Betsy gave a phenomenal talk to my parish’s Life Teen group last Sunday on the topic of grace and suffering. Among several important points she focused on was this: It’s often in suffering that we are drawn closer to God, because it’s in suffering that we finally realize how much we need Him and His grace.
I feel pretty wimpy for admitting this (considering the noble company I keep in writing alongside so many mothers on CatholicMom.com with much larger families!), but I’ll be honest: I had a really tough time during the worst of my pregnancy sickness in February, and it was literally by the grace of God that I was able to be a (semi) functional wife and mother to my family during that time.
As I finally come out of the worst of my early pregnancy morning sickness, I find that I am actually thankful for the spiritual and personal challenges I faced this spring. I am closer to God because of it.
For example, the first thing to go when I was sick was my morning offering and daily prayer time. And everything else in my life suffered for it. Now that I am working that consistent, daily time in prayer back into my life, everything in my life is noticeably better for it.
“Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!” -Matthew 7:9-11