Daily Reflection

From a Creighton Student's Perspective

June 29, 2012

Lauren Pogge

Sophomore, Accounting Major, Spanish Minor

Acts 12:1-11
Ps 34:2-3, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9
2 Tim 4:6-8, 17-18
Matt 16:13-19

Brothers and Sisters, have you ever been in a situation where you ask for one thing, but receive something completely different? Was the thing that you asked for far superior to what you actually received? Or was it inferior? Were you happy about the outcome? Surprised? Upset?

I cannot tell you the countless times in my life that I have expected one thing to happen, but had something completely different occur. More times than not it is for the best, but sometimes it isn’t and that's hard. Regardless of the outcome, it is a humbling experience that reminds me that the world does NOT- I repeat: does NOT- revolve around me and my life. There is some higher power that is constantly monitoring my life and giving me situations and gifts that will hopefully make me a better person. One day I hope to be a wife and a mother; I want to use my experiences to educate my children to make wise decisions.

Today’s first reading really reminded me that sometimes, life may throw you lemons when you were expecting oranges, and while you were not expecting lemons you still have to make juice. The man in the first reading understood this concept very well. He was a cripple that had to live off of the monetary charity of others because he was unable to work.  However, he had faith that Peter and John would help him by donating money.  But the man received something so much better.

Peter said, "I have neither silver nor gold,
but what I do have I give you:
in the name of Jesus Christ the Nazorean, rise and walk."
Then Peter took him by the right hand and raised him up,
and immediately his feet and ankles grew strong. –Acts 3:1-10

Rather than getting money, he truly received a better gift, he received the gift to walk and work. He could be an independent man, and not rely on the charity of others. He was so amazed and excited that he followed the men into the temple, all the while praising God. People were naturally shocked and in awe to see this man jumping around and praising God at the top of his lungs. How this could be done is truly a miracle!

While I cannot guarantee that anyone reading this reflection will miraculously be healed, richer, smarter, or whatever each of us long for, I can guarantee that if you have faith good things tend to work themselves out. As I said, sometimes the results may not be what we are looking for, but they happen for a reason. So it is fine to have expectations and hope for things, but don’t be surprised if God and life throws you a few curve balls. 

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