It is not possible to love God without detachment.To love Cod one must be detached from his or her attachment to familiar things of this world.This is equivalent to one giving up his or her comfort zone.
Each person has his or her comfort zone.If you tell someone to do something that fits into their comfort zone they will do it immediately.If it doesn’t fit into their comfort zone(what they usually enjoy doing effortlessly )they will not do it.
The comfort zone includes one’s sense of goodness, boldness and invincibility. When basket ball players get into the zone they feel like they can make any shot they take.When our comfort zone coincides with God’s comfort zone, we feel like there is no cross we cannot carry and nothing we cannot ask God to do for us. We truly feel like children of God and have unlimited confidence in God for the time we are in the zone of total congruence.
We all have our different comfort zones and our different degrees of attachment to material goods,friendships and honor.The degree to which we are detached from these and attached to God determines how faithfully we seek the will of God in every circumstance.This is a reflection of how congruent our comfort zone is to that of God.
After all,the Lord says in John15:5,”without me you can do nothing”He was not joking when He said it.We need to understand our dependence on God and constantly ask for his help.We also need to understand that while being in our comfort zone may help us do God’s will sometimes,it is only when our comfort zone completely fits into God’s comfort zone that we can joyfully do His will all the time.
This is because God is unchangeable but we are not.If we are fully attached to God’s comfort zone,no matter our own comfort zone and other people’s comfort zone are we shall be fine.This is because God whom we know takes care of everything will take care of us too.
For us to remain fully attached to to God we need to become full time prayer warriors,We are already assured in Mt.7:7 that if we ask we shall receive .The problem we have is that we do not ask for long enough.We say our prayers once or at most a few times and we give up.We do not repeatedly present our lives,our circumstances,our dreams and goals to God.
Unfortunately even when we ask for God’s help we get easily discouraged by minor set backs and disappointments.We quickly forget that every disappointment is a blessing and that God’s time is the best.
The hallmark of being in God’s zone is seeking to do His will all the time even when it is hard.Do you think it was easy for Joseph and Mary to flee with the child Jesus to Egypt? Why do you think they did it? It was because they knew it was what God wanted them to do at that point in their lives.Are we doing what God wants us to do at this point in our lives?
It is only through prayer that we can discern God’s plan for our lives and keep our selves attached to God.Even if we fail sometimes we must continue to look up to Jesus and continue to try.We must continue to try to make our comfort zone in conformity to Jesus.Remember ,Jesus asked us to pray without ceasing.
A powerful form of prayer that enables us to do this more effectively is “transforming by beholding” in adoration.
Remember the ants,they do not have too many skills,they only crawl yet they are more successful than the fastest flying birds.It seems as if the ants have few skills but have used them very well.
Proverbs 6:6-8 says,”Go to the ant,O sluggard,study her ways and learn wisdom;For though she has no chief,no commander or ruler,she procures her food in the summer ,stores up her provisions in the harvest.”
May be the ants will help us all remember that we all have enough skills to be very successful.God did not make a mistake in creating us.Unfortunately we worry too much about the things we cannot do,instead of doing the best we can with what we have.
Let us not forget that trying to do too many things at the same time will eventually lead to failure.After all our joy does not depend on our being approved by others,ultimately it depends on God.If you doubt this ask Job in the bible,what his friends thought of him when he encountered difficulties and set backs.
One of the many lessons we learn from the ants is that they manage time well.They do not have enough time to spend worrying about the yesterday’s mistake.They just finish the job at hand and move to the next one,if they fail they continue to try until they succeed.
The problem most of us have is that we do not use all our strength to accomplish our goals.As people of faith our strength consists of not only what we can do for ourselves,but also of what we can do with with the help of our friends and the help of God through prayers.Unfortunately most of us want to work on our own.This is in stark contrast that work together even with out a leader.
The reasons we give for wanting to work alone include the believe that we can be self made or because we are afraid of being disappointed or insulted.Disappointments and insults hurt our ego and our pride.We forget that this is part of dying to ourselves so that Christ can live in us.
The advantage of working with faith is that God can help us handle things which we would not ordinarily have handled ourselves.Even our disappointments and insults.Our fears and anxieties.
So let us remember the ants,they work together to lift very heavy loads and over come their most difficult challenges.We too with the help of God and some true friends and family can maximize our inner strength and become the best we can.