No amount of suffering…
No amount of suffering and uncertainty can cause us to become cynical, angry, bitter and/or entitled. Sure those things tempt us but the reality is, at some point in the process, we choose. No one “makes us mad”, we choose to be. That choice is ours and ours alone to carry.
“When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.”
“We who lived in concentration camps can remember the men who walked through the huts comforting others, giving away their last piece of bread. They may have been few in number, but they offer sufficient proof that everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms — to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”
― Viktor E. Frankl, Man’s Search for Meaning
When Frankl wrote “When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.” I believe he left out prayers of intervention. There are impossible situations which bear the need for our Lord to intervene in our lives. Sure we change ourselves but we also ask for help, miraculous help. To me it is far too fatalistic to resign myself to just changing myself. I need miracles, interventions, mercy and graces happening often and consistently in my life.
I don’t strive for such but instead give into Him hoping, resting and believing He operates on my behalf regardless of my circumstances and that He honors and takes serious my requests and prayers. I believe they matter in both the short term and long run.