Daily Reflection

From a Creighton Student's Perspective

January 9, 2012

Sarah Griger

Sophomore, Accounting and
Business Management Double Major

Is 42:1-4, 6-7 OR
Is 55:1-11
Ps 20:1-2, 3-4, 3, 9-10 OR
Is 12:2-3, 4bcd, 5-6
Mk 1:7-11 OR
1 Jn 5:1-9
Mk 1:7-11

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” -Matthew 11:28 

This is the verse that stayed in my head when I was reading Isaiah 55:1-11 from today’s reading.  I always love reading Isaiah and finding verses that point directly to Jesus.  Isn’t it incredible to know we have a God who planned our salvation hundreds of years before he sent his Son to die for it? 

I love the imagery in this passage because it reminds me that whatever I feel that I lack, my Father in heaven has and he wants to give it to me.  If I am hungry, I should turn to him; if I am tired, I should turn to him; whatever I need, he will provide it for me.  In modern society, that can be a hard concept to accept—that, without God we have nothing and whatever we do have, it is only because God has blessed us so richly.  I think that, as Christians, we rely on God for everything…in theory.  In reality, we are all struggling to do everything on our own.  I know that I try to balance school, work, friends, and family and (when I am doing it on my own) I am always overwhelmed and feel as if I am sinking.  But, when I remember to give it to God (because, ultimately, he is the one in control) I feel a peace and I have the energy to continue on, to “run with perseverance the race marked out for [me].” (Hebrews 12:1) 

When I read what Isaiah said, hundreds of years ago, I know that he was talking about a Savior who will take on all my burdens and give me rest.  Simply put, he’ll save me and all I have to do to be saved is to allow him into my life so that he can rescue me from myself.  Isn’t that encouraging, when we are stressed or overwhelmed by something in our lives, to know that we don’t have to go through this life alone?  So today, let us give God our problems—he wants us to—and feel his peace “which transcends all understanding” (Philippians 4:7) so that you may praise him with all that is within you!

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