Daily Reflection

From a Creighton Student's Perspective

April 3, 2012
by

Matthew Gillespie

Junior, Journalism Major

Is 49:1-6
Ps 71:1-2, 3-4a, 5ab-6ab, 15 and 17
Jn 13:21-33, 36-38

"Though I thought I had toiled in vain,
and for nothing, uselessly, spent my strength,
Yet my reward is with the LORD,
my recompense is with my God."   -Isaiah 49:4

The other day, I had a friend meet with someone to discuss an issue that she had grown very passionate about over the course of a few weeks. The issue had stirred her, forced her to assess and reassess her own convictions, and, after some anxious waiting, she finally had the opportunity to see it through.

Before the meeting, she rehearsed what she was going to say, rationalized her points and counterpoints, and dressed in her Sunday’s best in preparation. She was completely ready.

As is sometimes the case with such meetings, though, she left in disappointment. Sometimes, due to situations outside of our control, things don’t work out. There’s nothing you can do, and you have no one to blame, but you’re still left asking yourself how you could have spent so much time for something to come to a screeching halt.

Nothing is more frustrating than when a situation is taken out of our control. We’ve all felt it – from a professor giving a bad grade on an assignment you worked on for hours, to a carefully laid plan coming to an early end, or even a planned night out ruined by a needless argument between two friends. We stand there frustrated that our efforts could be so cavalierly wasted.

In our own disappointment and frustration, it can be difficult to see where God plays a role in our day-to-day failures. But the very things that make the situation so difficult (the time invested, the passion felt and the extra efforts made) are the same that bring us closer to God. Because we care about something enough to work for it, and because we suffer disappointment when we’re unsuccessful do we really come to understand who we are and what we’re willing to fight for.

No matter how things may appear to others, or even to ourselves, if we act in accordance with God’s desires, there is no failure. Our failures try us; they pull at our patience and test our dedication, but God isn’t only with us when things work out. No matter how unsuccessful we think we are, if we seek grace in our actions, then we will find our reward with the Lord.


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