From a Creighton Student's Perspective
January 15, 2012
4th Year Occupational Therapy Student
In our day-to-day interactions we are faced with opportunities and decisions to ignore or to respond to our own callings. Just over a year ago, I was faced with the decision of whether to travel to a different country to complete my clinical experiences as an occupational therapy student. In many ways this did not seem like the logical thing to do. It not only meant getting up and leaving everything and everyone who was familiar to me, but it also seemed to put me at a disadvantage for many other things such as studying, applying/interviewing/preparing for jobs, and communicating with others. However, no matter what I did and the ways I tried to think differently, I felt this inner tug at my heart, pulling me in the direction of such an experience. Yet rather than immediately responding to this Spirit, this call, I sought out advice from other people and tried to respond in different ways. I needed that guidance from someone else to help me understand the message and the meaning of such feelings dwelling in my heart, just as Eli guided Samuel in responding “Speak, LORD, for your servant is listening."
Although we may have the answers within us, we may need mentors and teachers to help show us the way. As the Second Reading states, our bodies are members of Christ. Therefore, some individuals may best seek Christ and the answers Christ gives to us by looking to the actions and words of other people. The Gospel similarly challenges us and guides us in looking for teachers and the ways in which Christ is in our lives and teaching us everyday. When the disciples question Christ, he responds with, “Come, and you will see.”
Christ could very well be the stranger, the passerby, the family member or friend that sends us messages and clarifies our callings. However, the question that remains left to each of us is whether or not are we willing to listen, accept, soak in, and follow such callings. Each day we may continue to be surrounded by the opportunities and experiences that direct us in the light and way of the Lord, but to glorify the Lord through those experiences must be a conscious effort made from within each of us.
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