6/4/13

A Lamp Full: Perseverance

 
 

The gospel of Jesus Christ does not promise that we will be free from tribulation. But it does strengthen our spirit so that we can accept adversity and face it when it comes.

Adhemar Damiani

May was quite a month for many people in Oklahoma. Tornadoes and heavy rains have destroyed homes, properties, and livestock. Families are mourning for loved ones lost in the storms. If you have never been in Oklahoma in the spring, I don't blame you. But it is the greatest place on earth to see the dichotomies of nature. One night there will be torrential rains, thundering noise, and the sky lights up like sparklers on the Fourth of July. Then, the next day the most beautiful view, beyond description. A quiet peace that words can not describe. You have to behold it to understand it.

The same is true with the people of Oklahoma, all people really. There are those who rage and fight against God. They ache and hurt and find no peace. Their lives are a perpetual tornado full of internal chaos. Others live each day with peace like the calm after a storm. Even though the rains continue to fall and the billowing surge seems to combine against them they know in whom they trust and they do not fall.

The words of a scripture come to mind during such commotion:

And now, my sons, remember, remember that it is upon the rock of our Redeemer, who is Christ, the Son of God, that ye must build your foundation; that when the devil shall send forth his mighty winds, yea, his shafts in the whirlwind, yea, when all his hail and his mighty storm shall beat upon you, it shall have no power over you to drag you down to the gulf of misery and endless wo, because of the rock upon which ye are built, which is a sure foundation, a foundation whereon if men build they cannot fall. Helaman 5:12
Lets compare two reactions to the devastation that occurred recently in Moore, Oklahoma. A friend of mine was out doing some clean up and came across a property that looked, he said, as if a vacuum cleaner had come and sucked every thing up. There was not a thing left on the property except for a smashed up SUV whose back window held a sign that caught his eye.


"As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord."


It was evident that the family of this property found the sign and placed it in their car as a clear declaration that the winds and the rains had not beat them. Their home may be gone, but their foundation is sure.

Compare this example to a woman that my friend met a few yards down the road. Her home was severely damaged, but not as damaged as her spirit. She still had many possessions. Included in these possessions were several sets of scriptures in good condition. She offered one such book to my friend, declaring, "I have several bibles that are still in good shape, but I am getting rid of them. I give up!"

My heart aches for this frustrated woman. She is hurting and aching and has given up because for her it is just too hard. Her home is still standing. Most of it anyway, but it is on a sandy foundation. One that is unable to withstand the storms of life.

None of us have the answers as to why bad things happen to good people. I believe with all of my soul that there is a reason. I know that in my life adversity turns me to call upon God like at no other time. As a result, my foundation is strengthened. I do not know all of his ways but I know he loves his children. He does not cause our trials. But he does allow them at times so that we can learn that we can do hard things. Then we find out what we are made of and what we can do when we call upon God to help.



Remember This! The Line "And they all lived happily ever after" is never written into the second act. That line belongs in the third act, when the mysteries are solved and everything is put right.


Boyd K. Packer
How can I Persevere?
    Never forget gratitude! Remembering that the good always outweighs the bad helps one to endure.

    Remember that there is more to the plan than just the here and now.
    Fill your life with scripture and prayer. There is no greater strength than can come to you when you are ready to give up than the words of Christ.

    Live worthy to have the companionship of the Holy Spirit. He is the comforter sent for our day!

You can not get Endurance from another. When the storms rage and the winds blow, you must have your own lamp full to the brim with a willing heart and mind to persevere.

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11 comments:

  1. Dear Jennifer
    I had to smile when I read the name of your blog for my post this week is called Empty Lamps!! Yes, we need to build our lives on our living, resurrected Lord Jesus, not on an idea or believe system about Him. Then, and only then, will we be secure and firmly hold through the storms of life! Visiting from Rich Faith Rising.
    Much love XX
    Mia

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    1. I have found that so many believe in Him, but don't really believe Him. He will do what he says he will. He will carry us through the storms of life. Thanks for visiting.

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  2. What a wonderful post! I love the parallels running between nature, humans in general, and those two specific people. Oh, to say "As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord" in the midst of such a tragedy!

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    1. Thank you! It was very poignant to me as well.

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  3. We can't control the events that happen to us, just our attitudes toward them.

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    1. Sadly, there are some that blame God for their tragedies.

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  4. God is so good to work in us through trials! I can't imagine giving up on God, even in the toughest of circumstances (and I've been through some!). But that's when I cling to Him even more, knowing that He is my rock and my fortress. Whom shall I fear?

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    1. So wonderful to hear Gabby. And he doesn't give up on you either!

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  5. The song keeps coming back ... "give me oil in my lamp. keep me burning, burning, burning ..."

    Delighted to meet you today. I hope you don't mind if I splash around a bit to get to know you. This looks like a refreshing place to dip into goodness.

    Splashin.
    Sarah

    http://justsarahdawn.blogspot.com/2013/06/on-daddys-toes.html

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    1. Splash all you want, just be sure to come up for air once in awhile. Your blog is fun!

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  6. Amen and AMEN! Continuing to pray for all in Oklahoma! Blessings!

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