Daily Reflection

From a Creighton Student's Perspective

December 15, 2010

Emily Furjanic

Freshman, Pre-Pharmacy

Is 45:6c-8, 18, 21c-25
Ps 85:9ab and 10, 11-12, 13-14
Lk 7:18b-23

God Created Birds

There is one and only one God who created all things. He himself is the one we can thank for everything around us and the one we can put our trust into. This reading reminds me of how, in our daily lives, we tend to look past the simple things that God has given us. Flowers, birds, trees, night and day, all these things are taken for granted. We get caught up in ever-growing to-do lists and school work. We focus on material items and watch TV instead of taking the time to appreciate nature and all that God has provided us with.

One day in October I was talking with my Mom on the phone as I walked through the campus. After catching up on our lives, she told me about a group of birds that were causing an uproar by pooping on all the cars parked on the street back at home. After envisioning the scenario in my head and laughing, something dawned on me: I had yet to see or hear a bird since being at Creighton. In fact, I actually forgot birds existed. How could I forget about birds? Immediately after hanging up with my Mom, I found myself on a mission to discover the whereabouts of the bird community here at Creighton. It was easier than I anticipated; all I had to do was stop, listen, and look up. There were birds everywhere singing and fluttering all over the place! I was shocked and saddened that birds were there all along and I had not noticed them for the first month and a half of school! This little incident became my wake up call.

In this moment I realized that I had been oblivious to the nature and beauty around me. I was so engrossed in my daily life and my personal needs that I disregarded everything that was not in my own little world of schoolwork and friends. Although it is sad I was ignorant to such an evident and normal event, I am happy I finally took the time to appreciate what God created in our world. Even though there are many important things in life that need constant attention, we cannot forget to admire what God has blessed us with. We have so much to be thankful for but I feel we do not say thank you enough. We all can say thank you to God by saying a simple prayer or taking a moment to look around at the changing colors of the leaves on trees, or to sit and listen to the chirps of birds or to watch the sun set. God, the Almighty Father, created the world not to be wasted, but to be lived in. So let's go out and see the world by putting all the material things and to-do lists aside, and embrace the wonders with which God blessed us.

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