Daily Reflection

From a Creighton Student's Perspective

February 14, 2011

Christine Prissel

Freshman, Environmental Science Major

Gn 4:1-15, 25
Ps 50:1 and 8, 16bc-17, 20-21
Mk 8:11-13

“Why does this generation seek a sign?” - Mark 8:12

 When you read this verse from today’s Gospel did you feel Jesus speaking to you; asking you why you seek a sign? I know I did. In college I am constantly asking God for a sign that I am taking the right steps toward his majestic, wonderful plan for me. For example, I have two great passions in life. One is the environment, specifically the marine environment, which is why I am majoring in environmental science. But I also have a great passion for children. I look forward to serving the youth in any way possible, whether that is working in an orphanage, sponsoring a child, volunteering at a local school, helping tutor fellow classmates, or working at bible camp during the summer. However, my two passions do not have a clear intertwining path for a future career. I continually pray to God, asking him to give me a sign that I am doing the ‘right’ thing; to show me the next step on the staircase of life to reaffirm the steps I’ve taken thus far. Each time I ask for a sign, however, Jesus asks me the same question he asked the Pharisees thousands of years ago, “Why Christine? Why do you continuously seek a sign from me?”

I have always asked for a sign rather than putting all of my faith in the Lord, trusting that he knows the plans he has for me and all I have to do is trust and follow. 

Yet, there have always been signs pointing me in the right direction, but the only way to see these signs is by looking in the rearview mirror. Looking back, I can see why certain friendships blossomed; why I had to take advantage of specific opportunities. However, in those moments, I could not see how each piece fit together and added up to create the full picture, I could only see which piece to pick up next.

Today, I don’t know the picture my life will make. More specifically, I don’t know how these two passions will combine in the future; all I know are the steps given to me today, which piece to pick up today. This is not the philosophy society teaches; it teaches us that we are supposed to have the full picture of life figured out. It is a challenge putting one’s full trust in God about his/her future, but it is a challenge worth conquering.

So today I will follow what I know I need to do, and place tomorrow in the hands of my God.

 "Faith is to believe what you do not see; the reward of this faith is to see what you believe."--St. Augustine

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