Daily Reflection

From a Creighton Student's Perspective

January 18, 2012

Mandy Widegren

Sophomore, Biology Major, Pre-Dental

1 Sm 17:32-33, 37, 40-51
Ps 144:1b, 2, 9-10
Mk 3:1-6

"But the voice of truth tells me a different story
And the voice of truth says 'Do not be afraid!'
And the voice of truth says 'This is for My glory'
Out of all the voices calling out to me
I will choose to listen and believe the voice of truth
-Casting Crowns "Voice of Truth" lyrics

Going outside of your comfort zone is scary. Having someone tell you that you’re crazy for doing so is even scarier.

In high school I told my friends that I was going to be a dentist. A person whom I thought was my friend laughed in my face. He told me that I couldn’t do that – he told me to try an “easier” profession. Never have I ever cried so hard. I went to adoration and prayed for guidance. I believe God truly spoke to me: He told me to listen to him, he told me to trust in his plans for me, and he told me that the road to become a dentist would be extremely difficult but that I needed to have faith in him. And here I am today. I graduated top of my class and am now in my second year of college with a resume and GPA I am proud of. I put all of my trust in the Lord and took a scary chance to pursue a dream that is not easily attainable, but he has always been there for me.

People are constantly going to push us down. We are going to be told too many times to give up because we’re not “good enough” to do something. Sometimes these voices become so heavy that people succumb. Yet all the while God is crying out their names telling them “Do not be afraid! You are good enough!”

Saul told David that he could not defeat the Philistine. But David didn’t listen! He told Saul that God will protect him always. David put 100% of his trust in the Lord and the Lord was with him: David beat the Philistine with just a sling and a stone. Today we are called to put all of our trust in the Lord. Don’t listen to the “Sauls” in this world. Don’t listen to the people who put you down. Know that you are good enough. Know that you can do whatever God calls you to do. Just like the song "Voice of Truth" by Casting Crowns, “Out of all the voices calling out to [me] . . .choose to listen and believe the voice of truth”.

And why should we put all of our trust in the Lord? Because he continually delivers. In the Gospel today Jesus healed the man with the withered hand even though it was the Sabbath. This shows that Jesus is always here for us – nothing, not even the Sabbath, stops him from helping his people. Today we are called to never forget that God is always there for us. We are called to never forget that he is our biggest fan. And we are called to remember to never listen to those who pull us down – we need to put all of our trust in the Lord and he will deliver.

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