Daily Reflection

From a Creighton Student's Perspective

January 4, 2012

Ryan Oberman

Sophomore, Pre-Pharmacy

1 Jn 3:7-10
Ps 98:1, 7-8, 9
Jn 1:35-42

"When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, 'Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.'" –Mark 10:14

Today’s Bible passage remains one of my favorite passages, especially the verse quoted above. It is a reminder to us, especially those of us who are college-aged, to step away from the call to grow up and discern our lives and instead to fall back into our childhood: to embrace a certain level of awe and wonder about a mysterious world. This a passage not about childhood immaturities or behavior, but about learning as a child. This passage is about remembering what learning about a whole new world felt like.

We cannot discern the kingdom of heaven. We cannot know what eternity is like or who gets in. But we can embrace the wonder of our childhoods, and accept that part of eternity is a mystery that cannot be mastered. We must remember that we cannot know everything about God or his grace, therefore we cannot pretend to have that information. So many times I am expected to have everything figured out, and to know exactly where I am going and what I am doing and what it will be like when I get there. But for me, this passage is a reminder that I cannot have everything figured out, and that I should not pretend like I do. Rather, I must go back to that inner child that is still learning about the world around me, asking questions and accepting that the world is a big place, and that I cannot know everything. Because sometimes things don’t turn out the way they’re planned, and I cannot know the exact will of God. I must be like a child, and be in awe of his will instead of trying to master it.

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