Humans of Southwestern - Judy Cuevas
Originally posted Spring Semester 2017
My favorite verse right now is found in Psalm 31:3 “For Thou art my rock and my fortress, therefore for Thy name’s sake, lead me and guide me.” I was behind on so much work this week, I said “Lord, I’m feeling so much pressure.” Whenever I’m under so much pressure I cry a lot, I get really emotional and I don’t know what to do. I opened my Bible to go to Proverbs 31, but it went to Psalm 31 instead of Proverbs 31. I read the verses and fell upon this one. “Lord, you lead me and you guide me, because everyday there is trouble.”
I’ve been SDA all my life, but my parents were Catholic. A man told my dad about the Seventh-Day Adventist church, and gave him Bible studies. He received the light, and that same day, my dad stopped eating meat and stopped doing everything that is not right according to the Bible, cold turkey! My mom actually took a little while to come into the SDA church. My dad would leave the Bible next to her bed and convinced her to read it. She denied it many times, until she was finally convinced to read the Bible. It’s been a blessing because they are my motivation to be closer to God. Even though I grew up in church, when I was little I didn’t see God the way I do now. I thought of Him like a mystical creature or something, like He was some kind of fantasy, something that people were just looking at for hope, that He wasn’t real. When I was 15 years old, we had a Thanksgiving meeting in church. A 17-year-old boy, who was a friend of mine, gave me a Bible study about music. He pointed out that music had a huge influence on your mind. At the time, I was listening to all kinds of music. I think the Lord put me there to open my eyes to the understanding that evil is everywhere. But God is also everywhere. I felt so filled with God after that Bible study that I wanted to get baptized right away, that week. But my parents told me that I shouldn’t make an impulsive decision over such a life changing moment. After I heard that I hesitated to make the decision to get baptizeds. I can see how God really worked in my life. After I graduated from high school, I was going to attend La Sierra University. But my plans were completely flipped. If I didn’t come to SWAU, I wouldn’t have come to Daily Lifehouse Sabbath school, I wouldn’t have developed such great relationships and friendships that I have. It feels like a family, a genuine family here at SWAU. I wouldn’t have had the same experience in a bigger university. Now I’m 19 and just got baptized. I’m so grateful for the plans that God has designed for me.
Growing up in our family, we’re not used to saying “I love you” or showing love through affection to each other. Yeah, we would give each other hugs, and comfort each other when we’re sad and stuff, but I never really said things like “Hey mom, I love you!” or “Hey dad, I love you!” I was always my mother’s right hand even though I was a middle child. My older brother has autism, so he has a mind of a 13-year-old boy, in a 21-year-old body. I would be the mother in the home when my parents were away. So as I get older, my parents were sad because they knew that I wasn’t going to be home to help take care of my siblings. Now that I’m gone, every one has their little world. The Holy Spirit moved me, I wanted to start saying “I love you, and I miss you!” Even though I’m here at SWAU, I think God is still working to connect our family as a whole. I wasn’t someone that would say things like that. So when I did to my dad, he was so very happy. Everyone is starting to say it to each other. I praise God for the transformation in my life, and my family.
Judy Cuevas, Freshman Education Major