I started college two months ago and life has been crazy. To be honest, it was easier than I thought it would be and it was harder than I thought it would be. My first month here was the hardest month of my life. I was in a new environment with people I wasn’t used to. I was terrified. I quickly fell into a dark place of loneliness, confusion, and sorrow. I was going to all of my church meetings, reading my scriptures, praying, going to the temple, and doing all of the other primary answers. But for some reason I wasn’t letting myself be open to the love that Heavenly Father has for me. Then, everything changed. My friends invited me to watch the sunset with them on a Sunday night. While we were there, I finally felt God’s love for me. I realized that His love is like the sun: it’s always there.
The sun rises every morning and sets every evening. It’s one of the most constant things we have in this life. It keeps us warm, it gives us light, and it allows us to live in comfort. Likewise, Heavenly Father is constantly in our lives, whether we see it or not. He is the warmth and light in our lives, and he comforts our souls even when the worst has happened to us. Although He plays this part in everyone’s lives, the most important thing about this analogy is that He is ALWAYS there! Even in our darkest times, when the sun has set, He is still here for us, just as the sun is still shining. He loves us and blesses us, even in the worst parts of our lives, and especially when we don’t feel it.
One of the best realizations I’ve ever had is that my family members are the stars. The sun reflects off of stars to give us light throughout the night. Like the stars, my family members and friends reflect His love and light toward me and bless my life.
He is constantly here for us, He always loves every single one of us, He gives his light to us when we are open to receiving it, and His love is reflected by the important people in our lives because He is the Sun.
When have you realized God’s love for you? When has He helped you through a dark time? Who are the stars in your life?