Recently, my fiancé and I have been in search of an apartment to start our life together in once we are married next month. However, living and going to school in a small town makes finding a preferable place quite difficult. Using all the resources available to us, networking with friends as much as possible, and praying for help and guidance from our Heavenly Father, we struggled to find an apartment.
Each of us go through times of struggle and worry. Situations like this often result in fear and doubt, stress and short tempers. It becomes more and more difficult to think clearly, especially in times of decision making. Last night a certain Bible story came to mind…
“And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full. And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we parish? And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. And he said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith?” -Mark 4:37-40
We all experience our own storms, when life seems out of balance, miserable, cold, and you can’t see what’s in front of you, or even determine where you are. But you and I shouldn’t ever forget that the Savior is there for us, always.
“Always remember in that Biblical story that He was out there on the water also, that He faced the worst of it right along with the newest and youngest and most fearful.” -Elder Jeffrey R. Holland
The storms of life are for our benefit, and if we will exercise even just a particle of faith, we will survive. Just a couple of days ago, we found an apartment that was available, with all our preferences. We are grateful to our Heavenly Father for providing this blessing to us, and look forward to making it our home.
President Thomas S. Monson, the President of the Church, and the man I believe to be a prophet of God, spoke these powerful words of comfort…
“I testify to you that our promised blessings are beyond measure. Though the storm clouds may gather, though the rains may pour down upon us, our knowledge of the gospel and our love of our Heavenly Father and our Savior will comfort and sustain us and bring joy to our hearts as we walk uprightly and keep his commandments. There will be nothing in this world that can defeat us.”
“The future is as bright as your faith.” President Thomas S. Monson