With all the craziness in our world today, and specifically in our American economy this week, I thought I’d share my reaction:
In faith we’ll rely on the arm of Jehovah
to guide through these last days of trouble and gloom.
And when the ungodly are fearing and tremble
We’ll rise with the just when the Savior doth come. (Hymns 3)
Doctrine and Covenants 45:35, 57-58
And I said unto them: Be not troubled, for, when all these things shall come to pass, ye may know that the promises which have been made unto you shall be fulfilled…
For they that are wise and have received the truth, and have taken the Holy Spirit for their guide, and have not been deceived—verily I say unto you, they shall not be hewn down and cast into the fire, but shall abide the day.
And the earth shall be given unto them for an inheritance; and they shall multiply and wax strong, and their children shall grow up without sin unto salvation.
I guess if I were to condense all my thoughts into a nutshell, this would be it:
Sure, the scenes winding up to it are going to be unpleasant. It’s like childbirth in so many ways… Forgive me, male readers, for indulging here in a perfect analogy. Childbirth is a natural part of life, and I feel no qualms about diving into it here. If you’re reading this, childbirth brought you here. Get over it.
By 8 ½ months, a woman is SO uncomfortable, she’s willing to go through anything to be restored to her normal state of being. There’s also that great desire to look on her baby’s face and hold her on the outside instead of carrying her inside. If she has done lots of research about what exactly happens during childbirth, when that first contraction hits, she’ll know what’s going on. (Okay, I know there are exceptions – I’m speaking based off my experiences, k?) She’ll know it’s not just something she ate – this is it! Showtime! The miserable days of pregnancy are almost over! The time to hold and cuddle and love that precious brand-new baby are SO CLOSE! Yay!!!!
That’s how I feel today. Our economy is crashing! Natural disasters abound! Hold on folks, it’s about to get pretty intense… But if you’ve practiced listening to the Spirit, you’ll be okay. It’s not going to be pleasant, but it will be (a) amazing when it’s all over! (b) possible to have peace in your heart in spite of intensity.