Sunday, May 2, 2010
April Showers, bring…
I still could not figure out how I was going to find peace, so I prayed! And, just like the Nephites in the book of Alma (Alma 58:10-12), I was overwhelmed by my circumstance and prayed that I would be strengthened and delivered from the enemy that had come upon me. And, much like the Nephites, the “enemy” was not removed from me, but I was visited with assurances and peace, and I had an increase of faith and hope that I was not in this by chance. These people though their circumstance had not changed, took courage and were fixed with a determination to conquer their enemies and went on to fight and overcome the insurmountable. They beat the odds through faith in the Lord.
I know that all of us have, have had, or will have situations in our lives where we must find a way to fight our way up off from the ground and use the power in a positive way to give us some rest and perspective. It is fully within our grasp to find peace, assurances, and faith in the middle of the storms that are inherent in life. I hope that we can all be strong enough to battle the opposing reality; the reality that would have us remain on the ground, hunkered down, closed, and beat up. Because when we are listening to the opposition, we will never be able to be refined and renewed, and uncover the special mission that we are here to accomplish.
May we all choose to fly into the storm…that the “April showers” in our lives will bring about beautiful flowers!
-Frederick William Robertson (1816-1853)
Consequently, Eli was playing Play dough with some friends. It was a big octopus and the Play dough was pushed through the holes to create arms and hair. I overheard him plea with his friends, “Hurray, hurray we have to make it have hair before if dies…You guys, come on it needs new hands or it will die!” The boys went on playing and I quickly went down stairs with tears in my eyes. It is very difficult to see my boys hurting and not have the power to make it better!