Wednesday, November 07, 2012

I Will Keep the Faith

In my column yesterday ("Elections, Facebook, and the Throne of Thoughtless Stupor") I quoted Elder Neal A. Maxwell.  (For my non-Mormon friends, he was a much beloved leader in our Church who was known for not only his incredible knowledge and understanding of the scriptures, but his beautiful way with words. Check out this YouTube clip of him talking about Jesus Christ and the Universe. It's wonderful.)
“The same God that placed that star in a precise orbit millennia before it appeared over Bethlehem in celebration of the birth of the Babe has given at least equal attention to placement of each of us in precise human orbits so that we may, if we will, illuminate the landscape of our individual lives, so that our light may not only lead others but warm them as well.”

I have often turned to this quote when I question  what is the point of my life- under- or unemployed, single, no children, no spouse to share my life with, no one person to cherish and love me. And the world around me seems to make it impossible for me to succeed- bad economy, painfully low income, remote location, bad job market, etc. But this quote gives me hope (much more than any presidential candidate ever has). 

I said yesterday in my column, and I will try to say it again in my heart again today, that if the Lord can place a star over a stable, and that the placement of my life in this humanly orbit is no mistake, then I have no choice but to believe that something and someone as important as the President of the United States is not just the will of the people (because I must believe that all those people are here at this time and place as purposefully as my existence is), but the will of the Lord as well. 

And so even though I am heartbroken and sad, and felt that much of my personal opportunities and happiness were tied up in the results of this election, I will accept the results and move on. (And I will not cave in to the tendencies of so many to become a “doomsday prepper.”) I will wake up each day and remind myself that this is what the Lord wants and has allowed, and continue on with the belief that He will never leave me without opportunities and choice. 

It is my job to be happy and keep the faith no matter my circumstance. And if there is anything I have worked hard on these last 3 years it is finding joy in spite of difficulties. I will soldier on in God’s Army and choose to find joy, no matter what, and keep up my faith that the Lord will provide.

And one last quote-
“It isn't as bad as you sometimes think it is. It all works out. Don't worry. I say that to myself every morning. It all works out in the end. Put your trust in God, and move forward with faith and confidence in the future. The Lord will not forsake us. He will not forsake us. If we will put our trust in Him, if we will pray to Him, if we will live worthy of His blessings, He will hear our prayers.” - President Gordon B. Hinckley

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