Do you ever have trials in life that require some direction? You get a little but know your trial – the thing you’re working through – will be of seemingly long duration? I know how you feel. It’s hard to work through and wait it out. Today I came across a scripture that helped me remember patience:
And as ye have desired of my beloved brother that he should make known unto you what ye should do, because of your afflictions; and he hath spoken somewhat unto you to prepare your minds; yea, and he hath exhorted you unto faith and to patience –
Yea, even that ye would have so much faith as even to plant the word in your hearts, that ye may try the experiment of its goodness. ~ Alma Ch. 34:3-4
Isn’t all of life an experiment? Within it we have all sorts of mini-trials. It’s hard to prepare ourselves for them and stay constant. Having faith it will all work out isn’t easy. I for one am all about instant gratification. Like when you bite into candy, and get a taste of something sweet. Mmmmm.
Unfortunately most of life doesn’t work that way. Instant gratification usually lies in easy things that aren’t as fulfilling as say – a protein bar might be. Protein bars don’t taste like candy, but with a little effort, can make you stronger. Exercise doesn’t feel like a ride on the couch, but well – you get it.
The things worth pursuing and enduring challenge us in body, mind, and spirit. Transformations on that level take time.
With a little direction, faith, and a lot of patience – we can do it. We have to experiment on the bit of direction the Lord gives . . . and faithfully pursue and endure to test its goodness. Otherwise, we’ll miss out on seeing the fruits of our labors.
Keep going, you can do it!
Posted on May 18, 2010, in Random and tagged candy, change, consistency, enduring, exercise, experiment, faith, goals, learning, Life, progression, protein bars, trials. Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.