Isaiah 55:8 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord.”
I would like to share an experience that one of my friends recently had in her life. About two years ago this friend of mine needed to a surgery to correct a problem in her legs. After the surgery my friend, found out that the doctor had performed the surgery wrong. This mistake left her unable to walk for a solid month and in the process of healing for 9 months. When I talked to her about this experience she shared that the first doctor had made promises to her that she would heal multiple times and after a while she had decided that she would see a different doctor for a second opinion. This doctor decided that the best course for treatment was to have yet again another surgery. In her own words she told me “The right leg was still really broken because the rod that was put in before kept the bones too far apart to heal together and they almost had to plate my whole leg because the screws had broken and they couldn’t get them out.”
I don’t tell you this story to evoke pity or sadness. I tell this story to share a brilliant example of how to stay positive in all things. When I met my friend earlier, I had no idea the hardships she faced. You could not tell from looking at her and you could not tell from the way she laughed, smiled and was such a good friend to me. While she does still have some difficulty walking I have never heard her utter one complaint. I am sure that she does not understand why this particular trail happened to her or why the Lord gave her this trail. One thing she does understand very well is that her attitude about her situation would define the time ahead of her. She chose positivity and happiness in a time where she had every right to be angry and frustrated with what happened to her and with the Lord.
Do I serve the Lord the best I can?
Am I focusing on the things in my life that matter most or am I focusing on my own problems?
Do I believe that the Lord is guiding my life in his own way and on his own time?
In my life I have had many of my own personal trials and situations in which I had no control over that affected me. It is not always easy to keep a positive mindset but I know that if we remember that our Heavenly Father has a plan and a purpose for us and loves us beyond our comprehension that our struggles will seem insignificant. He knows all things and works in his own ways. His plan is not always our plan. I also know that through the atonement all things including stress, anxiety and frustration are healed. I know that the Lord is always on our side and that focusing on the small and simple joys of life brings peace and happiness. Jeffery R Holland said, “Don’t give up. Don’t you quit. You keep walking. You keep trying. There is help and happiness ahead. You keep your chin up. It will be all right in the end. Trust God and believe in good things to come.” Keep walking.