Saturday, April 30, 2011

"Be still and know that I am God"

"No, it is not without a recognition of life's TEMPESTS but fully and directly because of them that I testify of God's love and THE SAVIORS POWER TO CALM THE STORM.  Always remember in that biblical story that HE was out there on the water also, that HE faced the worst of it right along with the newest and youngest and most fearful. Only one has fought against those ominous waves is justified in telling us- as well as the sea- to "BE STILL"  Only one who has taken the full brunt of such adversity could ever be justified in telling us in such times to "BE OF GOOD CHEER".  Such council is not a jaunty pep talk about the power of positive thinking, though positive thinking is much needed in the world.  No, Christ knows better than all others that the trials of life can be very deep and we are NOT shallow people if we struggle with them.  But even as the Lord avoids sugary rhetoric.  He rebukes faithlessness and he deplores pessimism.  HE EXPECTS US TO BELIEVE!
~Elder Holland (An High Priest of Good Things to Come)

I read this talk and it just brought tears to my eyes it was exactly what I needed to hear. Life can be so hard,  I love how he says we are not shallow if we struggle with them (trials).  Sometimes I have a hard time when it feels like I might just break into pieces, that I am not that strong. I cannot possibly handle what the Lord has given me. But the one thing that gets me through is knowing without a doubt that God is there, he loves me,  he knows me,he knows what I can handle.  Christ can calm the storm in an instant. And Christ knows what this feels like. I don't understand how but I believe that he does.  And I know things will get better. They always do :)  I can "be still" and make it through.