One thing about moving into a new ward that's just about inevitable is being asked to speak in sacrament meeting! And last Sunday Stephen and I were no exception! Our topic was from Proverbs 3:5, "Trust in the Lord with all thy heart." I really enjoyed thinking about thistopic and preparing for the talk- it was really fitting for our life right now. Thought I'd share some bits and pieces....
When Lehi received direction from the Lord to wake up, pack up and go, how was it that he was literally able to do it? To wake his family, load what they could and head into the middle of nowhere!
When the Lord said He would shock his brothers, why did Nephi literally stretch forth his hand?
What moved the Brother of Jared to actually lay stones across the ground?
How was Moroni able to dig a hole, place his life’s work, his father’s life’s work, these plates that had come at such a price, into the ground and cover them back over with earth, then walk away?
How were the disciples able to take those first steps to carry essentially empty baskets through a massive crowd of hungry people?
What made Peter actually straddle the side of the boat to walk across the water to meet Jesus?
What answers came to mind?
I thought it was because these men were familiar with the Savior,
comfortable with His voice and requests,
confident in the outcome of obedience.
And is there also possibly a tinge of desperation involved in trust?
The woman reaching out to touch Christ's robe,
knowing very little about this Miracle Worker, and having literally nowhere else to turn?
Jarius, a synagogue leader, asking Jesus to come heal his own daughter?
The 2,000 Stripling Warriors
knowing that God would fortify them,
but also knowing that if they didn’t step forward,
their people would again face massive destruction?
And how do we get to where we feel that we could do the same as the people in these examples? How do we become familiar, confident, comfortable with our Savior?
From President Uchtdorf:
“Have faith. Seek, and you will find.
Knock, and the door will be opened.Serve the Lord by serving others.
Become an active participant in your ward or branch.
Strengthen your family by committing to live the principles of the gospel.
Be of one heart and of one mind in your marriage and in your family.Now is the time to adjust your lives to be able to have a temple recommend and use it.
Now is the time to have meaningful family home evenings,
to read the word of God, and to speak to our Heavenly Father in earnest prayer.
Now is the time to fill our hearts with gratitude for the Restoration of His Church,
for living prophets, the Book of Mormon, and the priesthood power that blesses our lives.
Now is the time to embrace the gospel of Jesus Christ,
become His disciples, and walk in His way.”
Hear all those basic answers in there? :)
I am SO grateful for the chances I have to learn to trust Him more and more and for the Atonement that makes it so that the times we falter because we don't, can be forgiven!