Little by Little

This year at the beginning of the year I prayed for the Lord to give me a theme for the year, some word or phrase that would guide me throughout the year. After much praying and pondering the Lord told me my word would be bloom. This has been something that I’ve continued to ponder and pray with throughout this year. It’s been a year of falling into things, of settling, of laying down roots so as to be able to bloom.

Something that has been popping up quite a bit in the last few weeks for me has been the concept of being little. This past week was St. Therese of Lisieux’s feast day, the patron saint of littleness. She is the queen of being little and reminds me constantly what it means to live little. Also this past week my favorite podcast, abiding together, touched on a concept of poco a poco (little by little) and then I watched a video from the CFR’s that went a little deeper into this concept of little by little.

What I realized after much pondering if that this concept of little by little fits perfectly into what the Lord has been doing in my life this past year. The concept of blooming has seemed like one event to me, like something huge was going to happen this year where I would be able to say – hey, I made it, this is the bloom. But I think what blooming is really about is taking things one day at a time. Flowers don’t bloom in a day, they need watered and taken care of each day and then eventually there are some blooms but that also happens over time. Some die and then more come. Blooming is a continual process not a one time event.

I am always looking for that quick fix, the answer to solve all the problems in the world and specifically in my life, but it just doesn’t work that way. What I’m being called to remember is that this journey to Heaven, to holiness, is a step by step, one day at a time, little by little journey. All I can do is take whatever God gives me today and do the best I can with it.

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