Experiences of Life
The Word of Life Project is an initiative for 2012 to not only read the word of life and put it into practice,
but to share the real-life results of doing so. This collection of testimonials is meant to encourage all of
us to pick up the word of life, read it, live it and share it. Stay tuned for an experience submission form!
|Good out of evil|
|G.L. 에 의해서 작성|
|수요일, 15 2월 2012|
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I had discovered my car had been stolen. It was new, with a pretty powerful engine and it rode very well.
I had bought it to use for my various commitments, but I have to admit, I liked that car very much.
When it was stolen I asked myself what it was that God wanted from me now that I was deprived of my means of transport. To tell the truth, I was surprised by the peace I felt within. I felt no resentment against the unknown person who had taken the car and I wasn’t even worried about the financial problems that it might entail. Everyone was asking me, “What will you do now?” And, my response was always, “I’ll just walk.”
A phrase from the Gospel came to my mind at one point:
“Whoever loves father or mother … more than me, is not worthy of me” (Mt 10:37).
Had I loved that car more than God? I thought: evangelical poverty requires us to use everything without possessing anything. As time went by, I realized that this could be the way God had chosen to detach me from a thing to which I had given part of my heart; and the peace I felt was a grace that helped me to live those moments well.
Six months later, that car no longer existed for me. Then, one day I received a phone call: “We have found your car! You can come and collect it.” It confirmed for me that what God wanted was this inner detachment that I experienced.
Thanks to the money I had saved on gas and other expenses that a car requires, I was able to meet an unforeseen expense.
Contemplating the infinite fantasy of God who is able to bring good out of evil, I knew I had to convert to his logic.
Published with permission from Living City April 2010, the Focolare Movement's monthly magazine of religion, dialogue and culture | www.livingcitymagazine.com