One of the biggest “glitches” in developing and nurturing our relationship with You is that it suffers a lack of the basic expectation in human relationships of being 50/50. Without Your being physically present to us the relationship, in reality, is tilted more strongly toward what we control – and that’s the problem! When we control our relationship with You there is no part of it that cannot be touched by the powers of evil. There is no part of it that cannot fail. When we form You in our image, when we see You only in what we want, and when we need You only in our own time, the flaws of our own endeavors are clear and large. But the powers of evil cannot touch what comes from You in our relationship.
We cannot fail if only we learn to let You act in us, to allow You to move us in ways we might not choose, and to willingly accept them. This seems to me to be what the spiritual life is all about – learning to allow You to establish Your relationship with us; learning to be open to the action of Your grace; learning not to manipulate You as we so often do with others.
Evil cannot touch what You work in us. We cannot fail when we perfect disposing ourselves to Your action in us. So often we get in Your way - even by doing things we think are good. The “self” is great at convincing us that what we do counts for so much. The life’s work of removing that is what allows You to work in us, with us, and through us. We are, it is true, vessels of clay, but vessels nonetheless made to receive and contain.