"There is no flesh that can dwell in the presence of God, save it be through the merits, and mercy, and grace of the Holy Messiah"
2 Nephi 2:8 (The Book of Mormon)

Monday, March 12, 2012

The Physician

Do you ever wonder why problems and struggle are inevitable in life?  Why does our Father, who loves so perfectly, allow us to suffer pain and hardship?  As we view this life through the lens of eternity, the answer to these difficult questions begins to come into view.  Knowing and understanding that God's plan for us is one of growth and development is key.  Understanding that we are here, not just to be what we are here and now, but to become something far greater enlarges our view.  We begin to recognize this lifetime as a kind of school or training ground.  We begin to see that struggle is a tool the Father uses to help us desire to change or become.  It is the catalyst for the "mighty change of heart".

If life were perfectly comfortable what would be the motivation for any of us ever seek Him out?  Hath the whole need of a physician? (see Matt 9:12)  When we receive struggle with humility it literally brings us to the feet of the Savior, pleading for His grace and power to overcome.  We seek His yoke to pull the burden.  As we walk and pull and suffer with the Savior, the nature of the Divine distills upon our own.  We become fully engaged in His plan of growth and transformation which is intentionally gradual. Combined with His grace, our consistent effort over time internalizes the changes in our nature that would otherwise remain surface.  With Christ there is no flaw, no struggle, no heart ache, that can't eventually be overcome when coupled with a committed and willing heart!

"If you have problems in  your life, don't assume there is something wrong with you.  Struggling with those problems is at the very core of life's purpose.  As we draw close to God, He will show us our weaknesses and through them make us wiser, stronger.  If you're seeing more of your weaknesses, that just might mean you're moving nearer to God, not farther away."

"Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet.  
Only through experiences of trial and suffering can 
the soul be strengthened, 
vision cleared, 
ambition inspired, 
and success achieved."
Helen Keller

2 comments:

  1. I am just going to get up there and read this and then paraphrase Elder Hales. How's that for phoning it in?

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    1. That's funny! I wish I could come to hear what you end up being inspired to share! I adore you my sista :)

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