You have not chosen me;
I have chosen you.
John 15: 16
I like being in charge, knowing what I will be doing and not experiencing many surprises.
But I’m not sure that’s the way God works. More often than not, God surprises us and moves us where we don’t expect to go.
We do make choices and they are important. But what is important is that God has chosen us. It doesn’t matter if we’re smart or handsome or witty. What matters is God’s choice and our response.
As I wrote these words I thought of this prayer of Cardinal John Newman which someone gave me years ago:
God has created me to do Him some definite service.
He has committed some work to me
which he has not committed to another.
I have a mission.
I may never know it in this life
but I shall be told it in the next.
I am a link in a chain,
a bond of connection between persons.
He has not created me for naught.
I shall do good — I shall do His work;
I shall be an angel of peace,
a preacher of truth in my own place,
while not intending it,
if I but keep His commandments.
Therefore I will trust Him.
Whatever I am, I can never be thrown away.
If I am in sickness, my sickness may serve Him.
In perplexity, my perplexity may serve Him.
If I am in sorrow, my sorrow may serve Him.
He does nothing in vain.
He knows what He is about.
He may take away my friends.
He may throw me among strangers.
He may make me feel desolate,
make my spirits sink,
hide my future from me —
still He knows what He is about.