Kaisa Young

Kaisa Young_editOne day when I was in college, I failed a big exam. Unused to seeing such a low score, my failure was a tipping point. It made me face some questions I’d been avoiding. What if life doesn’t go as I planned? What is my purpose in life?

I was a physics major with plans to study astronomy. I saw my studies as a search for the ultimate truth of the universe. How does it work? But, I found I also needed to know if there was an ultimate truth behind the universe. Did God create the universe? If God exists, does he know that I exist?

So, I read up on Jesus. I became convinced that he was a real man who rose from the dead and that he is who he says he is. I also became convinced that the bible was true and could be trusted.

Trusting that the bible is true allowed me to find in it the answers I longed for. Turns out God made the universe and knows that I exist. He cares about me. He hears my prayers. I know because he answers them. An intellectual understanding of the truth of Jesus’ story was not enough. I stepped out in my new trust and prayed. God answered my prayer clearly and directly, and I knew that I could trust him.

I learned that my purpose in life is to enjoy God forever. That means that I can call on him when I need comfort. It means that I can trust that he will forgive me when I fail. It means that I can count on his good plans for my life. And that he will be there for me for the rest of my life and for an eternity after I leave this world.

So, by accepting the ultimate truth of God, I was free from worry about my future. I now know God will provide even when my plans fail.

My life

  • Hobbies
    Reading, Camping, Cycling.
  • In college I drove
    an old Volvo.
  • Worst school subject
    Spelling
  • College for undergrad degree
    University of Missouri - Columbia
  • Best advice I ever got
    Children will change your life.
  • Favorite books
    Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, Sense and Sensibility.
  • Favorite city
    Austin - where I met my husband.
  • Favorite coffee
    Never had coffee!
  • Nobody knows I
    I go to bed at 8 o'clock.
  • Current research
    How stars form and best teaching practices in physics and astronomy.
  • Quote

    "For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11

Department
Physics
University
Nicholls State University
State
Louisiana
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