Feb12

Psalm 40 and UCLA

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A college student, I was feeling alone. I was twenty years old. And unhappy, lacking any meaning or direction. I was in college because I was expected to be in college. Living at home with my mom and sister, I’d drive to UCLA in the morning and return at night. Apart from one fellow student who talked to me over her sack lunch, everyone ignored me.

Then I took a big step. Especially for me. An on campus ecumenical group was showing a movie, followed by a discussion. I went to the event, hoping to connect with some fellow students, but I was stunned by the movie. It was dark. Negative. As soon as the lights came back on, I left. I had tried to reach out and find friends, but now I was so depressed I thought of jumping out of my car on the freeway drive to UCLA.

In that lonely place, I read Psalm 40. “I waited patiently for the Lord, and he inclined unto me and heard my cry. He drew me up from the desolate pit, out of the miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure. He put a new song in my mouth….”

I became aware that God was offering this promise to me. It took fifteen years of reflection to see how transforming this experience really was, but that day I started on a journey, with the God who wanted me to know his love and grace.

Margaret

One Response to “Psalm 40 and UCLA”

  1. admin says:

    Margaret,

    Thanks! For sharing such your story

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