A reflection on Exodus 32 by Mother Maria-Michael Newe, OSB.
I was reflecting on the scene in Exodus when Aaron is pressed by the Israelites to make a golden calf. What I think went wrong with Aaron is that he missed an opportunity of prayer. God wasn’t asking only Moses for a relationship. Aaron was just as responsible for a relationship with God. This relationship would have enabled him to God the Father when there was a problem, when there was trouble. There was a missed opportunity of hearing the voice of God. Instead he succumbed to fear as if God wasn’t there to protect him.
We have all been there in our own lives. You become the best mechanic when something breaks and there’s not mechanic around. Or when the community’s cooks are all sick you discover that you can make great sandwiches. If you aren’t stretched you don’t realize what gifts you have. We have to discover that God puts them there for us. But we do have to ask Him for help. And I think that’s the key, we have to ask. If we don’t run into those difficult times we won’t grow.
It all has to do with our relationship with God. Where do we go when there’s trouble? Do we fill ourselves up with many, many things so that we don’t have to face the problem? We first see the signs of running away when we find that we aren’t too eager to go to the chapel or we aren’t too eager to meet God in prayer. When we find ourselves doing that, the first place to run is to prayer.
Trust God. We don’t do anything on our own. Actually we’re kind of useless on our own. With God we can do all things, we can suffer all things, we can bear all things. Without Him, we’re empty. He’s the fullness that makes all things possible.