Daily Reflection

From a Creighton Student's Perspective

October 25, 2011

Eric Wilkerson

Senior, Exercise Science Major

Rom 8:18-25
Ps 126:1b-2ab, 2cd-3, 4-5, 6
Lk 13:18-21

“I consider that the sufferings of this present time are as nothing compared with the glory to be revealed for us.” -Romans 8:18

This was not the quote that was running through my mind when my cousin was lying on his deathbed after losing his battle with ALS.  If his passing was not difficult enough to bear, I watched his wife and three children weep silently at the edge of his bed.  At this moment I felt as if my heart was going to tear in two out of agony for the family.  If ever there was a time when all hope was lost, it was at this moment.  How could the sufferings of this world possibly be nothing compared to the glory of the Kingdom of God?  It was only after several weeks of disappointment for the family that I came to realize the importance of hope. 

Hope is a difficult concept.  As Paul mentioned in Romans 8:24, “For who hopes for what one sees?”  The idea of trusting something we cannot see is not a natural human characteristic.  As humans we are accustomed to only trust those things that we can see and touch.  This makes faith in Christ difficult because we cannot see him.  However, if we nurture our faith in Christ it is able to grow and produce incredible fruit.  The mustard seed is the smallest of seeds, but when it is planted and nurtured it can grow to become a large bush. 

So too it is also with our faith.  When we first gain our faith in Christ it often starts as a small inclination, a mustard seed.  However, we watch our faith grow to become a magnificent thing.  As “birds of the sky dwelt in [the mustard bush’s] branches” people will also flock to those who have a high level of faith.  This is something I found to be true when my cousin was dying of ALS.  Every one of us had our faith severely tested in those months leading up to and after his death.  We found the people in our lives that had strong faith and we ran to them with our challenges.  These people helped to show us the importance of faith and how it can be applied in our lives.  I have now found that I can be a similar rock for my peers.  When they are having challenges in their life, I can be the one that helps them through and allows them to recognize God’s role in their lives.  This is the calling of Luke 13:18-22 when Jesus talks about the birds flocking to the mustard seed.  We must be there for our peers to help them recognize God in every aspect of their lives, especially when they are in challenging times.

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