It is in this very space that God calls us to evangelize to spread his word. It is also in this space that sometimes the idea of being an atheist can begin to “look good.” After all, atheists get to stay in bed on Sunday mornings, don’t have to do that “love our enemies” thing, or answer all those accusations about hypocrites in the Church. Yes, sometimes walking away can look real good especially when our days are full of pain and suffering.
This is where the knee-jerk reaction is to quote the Bible with all those “warm and fuzzy” verses about God’s love for us. You know the ones, similar to this: "You did not choose Me but I chose you, and appointed you that you would go and bear fruit, and that your fruit would remain, so that whatever you ask of the Father in My name He may give to you. This I command you, that you love one another.” (John 15:16) However, In Fiddler on the Roof Tevye the milkman answers God in prayer and says “I know we are your chosen people. Could you just choose somebody else once in a while?”
What happens when we feel more like Tevye? Our best choice is to look to St. Paul who was tormented by a thorn in the flesh, which most biblical scholars believe was a physical ailment. “Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me. (2 Corinthians 12: 8 – 9).