“O Lord, I beseech thee, let now thine ear be attentive to the prayer of thy servant” (Nehemiah 1:11)
Filed under: Adversity, Every Day Adversity, Family & Friendships, Mind & Body, The Adversary
Into every life there come the painful, despairing days of adversity and buffeting. There seems to be a full measure of anguish, sorrow, and often heartbreak for everyone, including those who earnestly seek to do right and be faithful.
“Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me.”
In the last little bit I have found myself flying a lot more than I am comfortable with. Flying didn’t bother me for a long time, but then a few years ago I had a bad experience. On a long flight across the country, I was faced with an exaggerated amount of air turbulence that frequently caused my stomach to lurch as the plane dropped and bumped. Though I tried to keep a calm exterior, I bit a hole in my cheek on that flight as all the terrible thoughts raced through my mind while the plane rocked and buckled across the United States. Since then I’m faced with a sense of dread every time I settle into the seat for a flight. Every time the aircraft jumps, even slightly, my heart jumps right along with it. Because of my writer’s mind, the wild and various terrible scenarios repeat themselves unbidden until I’m safely back on the ground.
In the scriptures, our Savior, Jesus Christ has told us,
The end of 2007 is finally here. Personally, I could not be more relieved. I survived! This past year was one of the most difficult years for me and by extension, for my family. Although I am filled with hope and anticipation for a better year next year, I know that at the same time I am truly grateful for the trials and tribulations I faced this past year. What was the lesson I learned from all of the adversity I dealt with this year? I learned to not take my faith for granted, and that everything that is important in life takes a lot of consistently hard work to maintain. But in the end, the reward is worth it, and the alternative is unacceptable.
Christmas is right around the corner. It is supposed to be a time of joy, peace, and happiness for everyone. It is a time to remember and reflect upon the amazing miracle of the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ. It is a time to reopen in our hearts the glorious gift of hope that our Father in Heaven gave to all mankind.
At the beginning of last week, as I pondered and prayed about what I should write about in my first post under the category of Adversity, it honestly did not occur to me that the answer would be so ironic.