Looking at the story of Gideon in the book of Judges in the Old Testament, we see an oppressed and fearful people who live in terror of the Mideonites. These cruel enemies of the Israelites would raid their crops and kill their livestock. The Israelites lived in fear and hid out in caves. We meet Gideon hiding in a winepress trying to thresh out some grain.
The angel of the Lord appeared to him and said to him, “The Lord is with you, you mighty warrior.” God commissions Gideon to go out and deliver Israel, and Gideon responds, “My clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my family.” God likes to use small, weak instruments. That way, when He accomplishes marvelous things, the glory goes to God, not to us.
The way the Lord set things up, He waits for us to prayer with faith before He accomplishes many things in His plan. Our Lady repeatedly calls us to pray. The enemy repeatedly tells us to wait — wait until you feel better, wait until you are holier, wait until the house is quieter, etc.
St. Peter Julian Eymard: “The best state in which to glorify God is our actual state. The best grace is that of the moment. We must obey the impulse of grace.”
- Judges/Jueces 6:11-16
- Matthew/San Mateo 13:31-32
- Matthew/San Mateo 13:33