This past Sunday, I was sitting with all of my friends in sacrament meeting. We were all anxious and we couldn’t sit still. As soon as the meeting ended, everyone stood up, quietly filed out of the building, and drove to the stake center. We all knew what was coming, but I don’t think anyone had fully processed it yet. The stake president spoke, then his counselors stood up. One by one, they announced new ward boundaries. The ward I was raised in was going to be split (just like my heart was in that moment), effective immediately. Saying goodbye to the people that molded me into who I am today was one of the hardest things I have ever done (like all new things in life are). I couldn’t understand why the Lord would do this to my friends and I. We were a family, it wasn’t fair! I won’t lie, I was angry about it at first. Then, I saw my favorite quote hanging on my bedroom wall:
I believe in the sun, even when it is not shining.
I believe in love, even when I cannot feel it.
I believe in God, even when He is silent.
This quote was scratched into a prison wall by an unknown victim of the Holocaust. Every time I read it I am reminded that when we depend on the Lord and our belief in Him, everything will be okay. Sometimes He doesn’t answer our prayers immediately or how we would like them to be answered, but as we press forward in the strength of the Lord, comfort will come. By the end of that hard, hard day, I was okay; not because I didn’t care about the ward split anymore or because I eventually forgot about it. Pain and change don’t work that way, they don’t just stop hurting. I was okay because I remembered that my Heavenly Father loves me and He has an individual plan that is perfect for each of us if we will take a leap of faith and follow Him.
When have you had to exercise your faith and trust in the Lord? What is something that helps you get through those difficult times?