It’s the middle of August, and we have been having some remarkable thunderstorms lately. One crash of blinding white lightning after another, followed by the frenetic roll of thunder trying to keep up with its source. Each time the accompanying torrential downpour is unleashed from the heavens, we race inside to await better weather.
Elder Dallin H. Oaks said, “Faith in the Lord is Trust in the Lord. We cannot have true faith in the Lord without also having complete trust in the Lord’s will and in the Lord’s timing”
Sometimes, it might feel like the Lord’s timing is unbearable. The storms usually come right in the middle of a tour, or an afternoon walk. It might be hard to wait, or hard to hurry, it might seem like bad timing to us or sometimes no timing at all! Luckily, Heavenly Father knows what we need better than we do. That doesn’t make the trials He gives us go away, but it makes it easier to have faith and hope in the results of those trials. If we can truly trust Him and have faith in His will, we can patiently and steadfastly weather the storms that come our way.
Elder Richard G. Scott said, “Faith and character are intimately related. Faith in the power of obedience to the commandments of God will forge strength of character available to you in times of urgent need. Such character is not developed in moments of great challenge or temptation. That is when it is intended to be used. Strong moral character results from consistent correct choices in the trials and testing of life. Such choices are made with trust in things that are believed and when acted upon are confirmed.”
Everyone knows a storm is more enjoyable when you’re prepared for it- with galoshes, an umbrella, a jacket, and maybe a rowboat- then it can even be fun to splash in the puddles and admire the majesty of nature. As we prepare ourselves day by day by taking faithful action to fortify ourselves, we will learn to recognize the beauty and benefit in the trials Heavenly Father sends our way.