Hannah Jael, Little Whispers

The Comfort Zone

First Reading
Zechariah 2:5-9, 14-15A

I, Zechariah, raised my eyes and looked:
there was a man with a measuring line in his hand.
I asked, “Where are you going?”
He answered, “To measure Jerusalem,
to see how great is its width and how great its length.”

Then the angel who spoke with me advanced,
and another angel came out to meet him and said to him,
“Run, tell this to that young man:
People will live in Jerusalem as though in open country,
because of the multitude of men and beasts in her midst.
But I will be for her an encircling wall of fire, says the LORD,
and I will be the glory in her midst.”

Sing and rejoice, O daughter Zion!
See, I am coming to dwell among you, says the LORD.
Many nations shall join themselves to the LORD on that day,
and they shall be his people and he will dwell among you.

Responsorial Psalm
Jeremiah 31:10, 11-12AB, 13
R.(see 10d) The Lord will guard us as a shepherd guards his flock.

Hear the word of the LORD, O nations,
proclaim it on distant isles, and say:
He who scattered Israel, now gathers them together,
he guards them as a shepherd guards his flock.
R. The Lord will guard us as a shepherd guards his flock.
The LORD shall ransom Jacob,
he shall redeem him from the hand of his conqueror.
Shouting, they shall mount the heights of Zion,
they shall come streaming to the LORD’s blessings.
R. The Lord will guard us as a shepherd guards his flock.
Then the virgins shall make merry and dance,
and young men and old as well.
I will turn their mourning into joy,
I will console and gladden them after their sorrows.
R. The Lord will guard us as a shepherd guards his flock.

Luke 9:43B-45

While they were all amazed at his every deed,
Jesus said to his disciples,
“Pay attention to what I am telling you.
The Son of Man is to be handed over to men.”
But they did not understand this saying;
its meaning was hidden from them
so that they should not understand it,
and they were afraid to ask him about this saying.


“But they did not understand this saying; its meaning was hidden from them so that they should not understand it…” (Luke 9: 45)

Was there a time in your life when you questioned God during your lowest points and found it difficult to understand why such things were happening?

Growing up, I would always settle on what’s easy and never challenge myself to do more and achieve more. I was not the type of person who would go beyond her capabilities and push oneself to her limits. I was always just in my comfort zone, afraid that if I step out of it, I might not make it and only feel less about myself.

I was completely okay with being an average—in almost everything. Back in high school, I was not the type who would actively participate in school events, join competitions, let alone be in the honors list. I was already content with my standing as an average student. I did not aim for greater things, always settled on the things I can only do. Then college came, that was when I promised myself that this time around, I’d set goals and aim higher—something that my old self would never have done.

This was when I started challenging myself. I discovered new things about myself—the things I’m good at and the things I could still improve on. I realized that I had so much potential and that for the longest time, my fear of striking out and only making things worse was what held me back for so long. I was beginning to trust myself, my struggles started bringing me down. Again, I feared that maybe stepping out of my comfort zone was not, after all, a good idea. This time, I was already aiming to be part of the Dean’s List. This was a big step for me because it took me so much courage and responsibility to reach this point.

Unfortunately, I still did not make it in the first semester dean’s list. This led me to question God’s plan for me. Why would He put us in situations that are difficult to accept? Was this a test of faith? Despite questioning God, I knew that it was not enough reason for me to easily give up and stop aiming. Instead, I used that to motivate me and continuously work on the things I could still improve on.

Sometimes when we question God it does not mean losing your faith in Him but rather our way of understanding the greater purpose of the situation we are put in. Because of faith, trust and persistence, I was able to make it in the Second semester dean’s list. In the same way, God uses our failures to make us understand how much we need Him–and when we’ve accepted Him as everything we need, everything else will fall into their place.

Heavenly Father, I ask that you grant me the strength to face every trial in my life. Cast out fear and doubt, and replace it with Your love. Amen.



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