I really should know better by now.
Funny that I seldom consider (when I'm uttering deeper yeses) the truth that God's will is always for my good. This does not mean that difficult circumstances won't pop up from time to time, for of course they shall. But they will do so with or without my yes to God. The truth is: God showers me with blessings. I may not always recognize them as such, but the blessings are abundant. Jesus is with me, and nothing can pull Him from my heart. I possess the very satisfaction that all are seeking and that no one can really find without finding Him.
I know I say it over and over (no doubt because I need to hear it over and over), but every time I step more deeply toward God, I am met with nothing short of a celebration. Whether or not I can "tell this" from my earthly perspective, it is in fact what is happening.
I really should know that by now.
"I know well the plans I have for you, says the Lord; plans for your welfare, not for woe! Plans to give you a future full of hope.” (Jeremiah 29:11)
"Freed from the heavy burden of my own will, I may breathe freely under the light load of love.” (St. Bernard of Clairvaux)
“The height of loving ecstasy is when our will rests not in its own contentment, but in God’s will.” (St. Francis de Sales)
“I am the Gate. Whoever enters through Me WILL BE SAFE.” (Jesus, quoted in John 10:9)
Painting: Jules Cyrille Cave, The Flower Girl,1897