I am so blessed to have spent some time with today`s guest blogger Morgan McFarlin (co-founder of Not Alone Series) while she was in Boston with Jen for an interview with CatholicTV! The two of us were able to chat like we knew one another for years. She is a woman with great zeal for the faith and invests her time in some wonderful pro-life work. You`ll find More about our adventure together here...also more on Morgan and where to find her below. Thanks Morgan!
The Angelus is a prayer I've only recently become familiar with and while it's taken me some time to fully learn it, I'm finally starting to be able to dive into actually praying rather than reading each line.
It was a couple months ago when, as my fellow noon-Mass goers and I prayed the Angelus that a particular line struck a chord in my heart.
V: Behold the handmaid of the Lord.
R: Be it done unto me according to Thy Word.
Like a punch in the gut.
Be it done unto me according to Thy Word.
Now, I've never been very good at the whole learn-of-something-major-and-just-wait-to-see-what-happens.
Yet, an angel shows up, tells Mary what God's will for her life is, and she accepts it; plain and simple.
I've heard God's whisper of a promise. I've seen a glimpse of what He has planned for me.
And yet, when have I ever responded with "be it done unto me according to Thy Word"?
I might accept His promise, His reassurance for the time being.
But within hours, I'm back to my questioning, my "wait what if"-ing, my "but when?!"-ing.
At the root of this questioning is fear.
Fear of the unknown, and fear of the path already lit. The Lord promises so much - and yet, when what He has promised begins to be fulfilled....AH! Am I ready? Is this what I want? What do I want?!
The fear overwhelms me especially when His promises were made so long ago. The promises He makes aren't always fulfilled quickly, despite my pleading. So as much as my heart desires what He has promised, I'm become used to the unfulfillment. The waiting becomes commonplace and I forget that He could change things up at any point.
In all of this, I must look to my Mother.
Mary, when told the Lord's will, though fearful, accepted it with her whole heart. She didn't know if what the angel spoke to her would be true immediately or in the days, weeks, or months following.
Despite the lack of clarity, timing, explanation, she said yes.
She didn't say "ok, but wait...when? Because I have some other stuff going on so if you could work this into my schedule that'd be great..."
She didn't say "ok, but how exactly?"
She didn't say "ok, but but but but....."
She simply replied with "yes".
I think my problem is I neglect to realize that my Fiat isn't a one and done thing.
My Fiat must be a daily occurrence. It must be what I wake up saying.
Be it done unto me according to Thy word.
Every day, I must simply say "yes" to God's will working in my life.
Morgan McFarlin is a young, single lady attempting to live God's plan for her life to the fullest. A life-long Illinoisan, Morgan serves full-time with Students For Life of Illinois.She is passionate about building relationships, loving God, life, and strong coffee. Co-founder of the Not Alone Series, her musings can also be found at.... Blog Twitter