As a missionary, we are asked to “devote all of [our] time and attention to serving the Lord, leaving behind all other personal affairs”. This is easier said than done. I’ve been having a great time doing the work that Heavenly Father has for me, but sometimes I find myself yearning for people or aspects of my “previous life”. None of these desires are necessarily unrighteous, which makes it all the more difficult to let go of them.
I came across an article that gave me some much needed guidance. The author talks about how he learned a valuable lesson when he found a beautiful potato plant growing in his corn field, and his father told him to pull it. The potato plant wasn’t a bad thing, but it was growing in the wrong season, and didn’t fit in with the planned crop for that time. The author speculates:
I have come to realize that obedience is not just making a right choice but making a right choice in the right season. When I consider all the things Heavenly Father would have me do in this life, doing them at the right time seems as critical as doing them at all. King Benjamin taught that we should “see that all … things are done in wisdom and order”. Elder Neal A. Maxwell taught, “Faith also includes trust in God’s timing, for He has said, ‘All things must come to pass in their time’ .”
It can be so hard to be patient, but I know that Heavenly Father has a plan for me and for you. If we can just have faith in His plan and His timing, it makes it not only bearable to take life one step at a time- It becomes a privilege to relish each day as it unfolds the way it is supposed to.