“God has created me to do Him some definite service; He has committed some work to me which He has not committed to another. I have my mission. I may never know it in this life, but I shall be told it in the next…. I am a link in a chain, a bond of connexion between persons. He has not created me for naught. I shall do good, I shall do His work; I shall be an angel of peace, a preacher of truth in my own place, while not intending it, if I do but keep His commandments and serve Him in my calling.
Therefore I will trust Him. Whatever, wherever I am, I can never be thrown away. If I am in sickness, my sickness may serve Him; in perplexity, my perplexity may serve Him; if I am in sorrow, my sorrow may serve Him. My sickness, or perplexity, or sorrow may be necessary causes of some great end, which is quite beyond us. He does nothing in vain; He may prolong my life, He may shorten it; He knows what He is about. He may take away my friends, He may throw me among strangers, He may make me feel desolate, make my spirits sink, hide the future from me –still He knows what He is about.”
John Henry Newman, Meditations and Devotions (Source)
One of the things that I hate most is the arrogance of our species. To religious types, humans are the sine qua non, the being without which the universe would be meaningless.
(To patriotic types, America is the sine qua non, the country without which the world would be meaningless.)
Such stupidity and such arrogance surely spring from infinite wells of insecurity and fear. Oh, irony! That the so-called “wise ape” needs servility blankets: patriotism and God.