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People are always speculating about whether or not there is life on other planets besides earth; extra terrestrials. I’ve heard many times someone use the argument that it’s pretty arrogant to think human beings are the only beings in the universe. They propose this mode of thinking is pompous and superior. Personally, I’ve thought about that a lot over the years… Arrogant? Pompous and superior? No. I think the reality of that is it’s simply an indication of how much God loves us. How much He has given us and how much He wants us to recognize Him. And I feel sad for those who can’t see that.

At the same time, I have to admit I’ve been hard-headed and unable to see the forest through the trees many times, myself. I’ve looked at something plain and obvious and completely missed the message God was trying to give me at that moment.

For example, when I was a single professional and reached the end of the work week, I would get excited as I drove home on a warm Friday evening with the hopes of getting a call to go out, but inevitably, spent the evening alone sipping a glass of wine and watching the sunset on my veranda by myself.

I would have a beautiful, sunny Saturday all to myself with endless options for things to do, but no one to do them with. It was times like these where I almost felt as if God had wasted His creation on me… there was no one to share it with. Why would he give me such an incredibly beautiful day when I couldn’t share it with anyone?

And it was precisely in what I thought was wrong with the scenario, that God was trying to alert me to something totally different…

He gave me those blessings of nature because loves ME. Because it was for ME. If I believed that He died for me, how could I not recognize this incredible display of His passionate love for me in the beauty of the world that was all around me? I missed His message entirely! Would it be fantastic to share it with someone I was in love with? Absolutely! But it wasn’t my time yet. And in the meantime, God was endowing me with blessings he had created specifically for me.

In a beautiful and poignant article from June 11, 2013, entitled The Evidential Power Of Beauty, Archbishop Chaput wrote an important message that reinforces this point:

Creation is more than an accident of dead matter. It’s a romance. It has purpose. It sings of the Living God. It bears his signature.

God lives in the summer rain, the stars in the night sky, the wind in the leaves of the trees. He speaks to us through a creation alive with his love. We need to be silent, and watch and listen. And then we need to join in nature’s symphony of praise.

I’ve always tried to impress this point on my children as they grow up so they won’t miss this important message like I did for so long. When they see how beautiful a sunset is or enjoy a perfect day at the beach, when they marvel at the force of nature in a thunderstorm or even when they see a family of rabbits hopping through our backyard, I remind them that God created this to make them happy and they should thank God for it. I hope and pray this sticks with them so when they’re grown and I’m not around to remind them anymore, they will remember and appreciate it.

At a time when so many people are alone, whether it be due to not finding the right one yet, death or divorce, this is a message we need to hear and pay attention to, because God is truly calling us all to Him. And for you as a single person, He’s using this valuable time while you are not wrapped up in someone else to speak to you, to show you His great love for you, and hopefully for you to fall in love with Him.

I look forward to receiving your comments and questions at asklisa@catholicmatch.com.

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13 Comments

  1. Anita-471998 June 17, 2013

    Such a beautiful thought Lisa, The monsoons have just about arrived here on the western Coast of India and it is beautiful with a capital B… The lush green, the dark clouds and did I feel a tinge of sadness that there is nobody to share it with.. yes… but you have given this absolutely wonderful perspective, The Good Lord created this for Me. to enjoy. Thank you.

    • Mildred-901978 June 25, 2013

      Hi Anita,
      The seasons are the most beautiful gifts that God has given us. They remind of His presence in my life.
      Thanks for the thoughts.

    • Robin-973240 July 2, 2013

      It is indeed beautiful, the monsoons and the west coast.

  2. Raphael-930793 June 18, 2013

    With the relationship I have with God I’m never alone, and my True validation comes from God. The moments where I may seemingly be alone are opportunities for reflection on how the Lord graces my life.

  3. Espe-410886 June 18, 2013

    These were my exact thoughts today as I was running through the parkway with my dog, what a beautiful world God created for us. To feel the wind of the Holy Spirit as the trees danced and swayed, listening to the running stream as I went by and looking up to the beautiful skies of blue with it’s puffy white clouds. I thought; if this earth is so filled with Gods’ beautiful creation, I can’t even imagine what heaven will be like!

  4. Michael-1806 June 18, 2013

    Well said, Lisa. God has blessed us with so many gifts. We should thank Him at the beginning and end of every day. This will help to cultivate and reaffirm the proper perspective. As G.K. Chesterton wrote: “I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought. and that gratitiude is happiness doubled by wonder.”

  5. Elizabeth-341885 June 18, 2013

    At the age of 72, and a widow, I am just beginning to learn how to love God. Somehow I have just always felt Him in my Heart, but is there more??? I want to believe that there is more, but how do I go about getting the “more?”

    Archbishop Chaput was just in our newly bilt church this past Saturday. Having never witnessed a Dedication before, it was something to behold and Beautiful beyond words. I will avail myself more in going to God’s new church and spending more time with Him. I believe that will help me know Him more, and, better too….

    Thank you for reading my post here….

  6. Gil C. June 18, 2013

    The intricacies of nature proves a divinity

  7. Jeniffer-980155 June 19, 2013

    Dear Lisa thank you for reinforcing the goodness and beauty of God in creation with your article. We often get caught up in our everyday lives and miss out on the beauty and love that is God. Blessings.

  8. Ken-885463 June 20, 2013

    I asked God for strength, that I might achieve.
    I was made weak that I might learn humbly to obey.

    I asked for health, that I might do greater things.
    I was given infirmity, that I might do better things.

    I asked for riches, that I might be happy.
    I was given poverty, that I might be wise.

    I asked for power, that I might have the praise of men.
    I was given weakness, that I might feel the need of God.

    I asked for all things, that I might enjoy life.
    I was given life, that I might enjoy all things.

    I got nothing that I asked for, but everything I had hoped for. Almost despite myself, my unspoken prayers were answered.

    I am, among all men, most richly blessed.

  9. Maggie-960484 June 21, 2013

    Hi Lisa,
    I loved your post, I can really relate. Some of the times I feel closest to God is when I’m surround by His glorious gift of nature. When I see and experience the beauty He created, it puts a smile on my face; I feel overwhelming gratitude. I often look for times to get away to some quiet corner where I can be alone surrounded by His gift of nature to be in intimacy and communion with my God. Even when I am sharing these times with someone, I want a few moments of quiet reflection, to give thanks and breathe in His love. His love is all around us, sometimes we need different lenses in our sun glasses to see it, :-). Thanks for sharing!

  10. Mildred-901978 June 25, 2013

    Hi Lisa,
    Yes God’s creation is the company we have when alone, for the Spirit of God is in all we behold.

  11. Rosemary-984766 June 30, 2013

    Love & Companionship offered…

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