16 March 2013

Trust Your Struggle

The other night when I was talking with my Dad, I threw my hands up in the air and told him I was giving up. I told him that the people who always say 'count your blessings' and 'life is beautiful' are just crazy people who have never left their bedroom and allowed mortality to rip them apart. Faith precedes the miracle. The sunshine comes after the rain. The good comes after the bad... whatever.

I told my Dad that I had no idea what I was doing wrong. I told him that I have been better than I ever have been. I told him that my testimony has grown into the biggest most beautiful part of my life. I told him I have dealt with particular situations as immaculately as one possibly can - and I don't say that out of arrogance or pride - I say that because it's true. I asked him why my life wasn't falling into place perfectly and I asked him why every area of my life hasn't been blessed tremendously because of my faith and diligence. 

And once those words came out of my mouth -
I realized I was the crazy person.

"Expecting a trouble-free life because you are a good person is like expecting the bull not to charge you because you are a vegetarian." -Elder Jeffrey R. Holland

"May we be strengthened with the understanding that being blessed does not mean that we shall always be spared all the disappointments and difficulties of life." -Elder Heber J. Grant

The point of this story is, blessings come in all shapes and sizes. 

"Sometimes when things go wrong, it's because they would have turned out worse if they had gone right." -Mark Amend

The Lord knows us better than we could possibly know ourselves. His timing is perfect. His blessings are everywhere; it is us who fail to see them. The Lord knows what will happen to us tomorrow, and next week, and twenty years from now. He knows our plans. He is our plan. 

'Count your blessings.' 'Life is beautiful.' 'The sunshine comes after the rain.' Those words are not said by crazy people. They are truly said by the smartest and most faithful of all.