It happened by chance really.
I was taking kids to school. I had a car full of boisterous boys (5 to be exact).
The radio was tuned to a local christian station (the fact that it was actually on...AND could be heard over the noise is no minor miracle), and something caught my attention.
I have no idea what it was, just that it did.
I shooshed the boys and kept turning it up so I could hear the lyrics better.
One by one the boys quieted...and then come the real miracle...the car was silent.
They were all listening too.
When we finally got to the school, the 9 year old neighbor boy hopped out of the car and said..."Wow, that was a really great song."
I echo his sentiments...it IS a really great song.
In just a short time it has become one of my favorites.
It's message is so profound and sweet.
(click here to watch and listen to one of the many YouTube versions)
This song, coupled with a talk in the most recent LDS general conference (more thoughts on this later), have had me thinking about what a "blessing" our trials really are. While they are difficult to get through, we learn SO MUCH through experiencing them.
The Lord has a personalized plan for each of us and NONE of us can become who our Heavenly Father wants us to become without going through the refiner's fire.
He doesn't punish us by sending trials for us to face. He's blessing us. He loves us so much and wants us to be able to come back and live with him SO BADLY. He knows that in order to do so we have lessons to learn and weaknesses to overcome. We MUST be humbled and learn to rely on HIM and our Savior, Jesus Christ. It is for OUR good.
I, personally, would never ask to experience the last 4 years over again but looking back I feel so grateful to have learned what I have. I have grown so much and can now be a better tool in His hands.
I feel blessed...truly blessed.
Blessings by Laura Story
We pray for blessings
We pray for peace
Comfort for family, protection while we sleep
We pray for healing, for prosperity
We pray for Your mighty hand to ease our suffering
All the while, You hear each spoken need
Yet love is way too much to give us lesser things
‘Cause what if your blessings come through raindrops
What if Your healing comes through tears
What if a thousand sleepless nights are what it takes to know You’re near
What if trials of this life are Your mercies in disguise
We pray for wisdom
Your voice to hear
We cry in anger when we cannot feel You near
We doubt your goodness, we doubt your love
As if every promise from Your Word is not enough
All the while, You hear each desperate plea
And long that we’d have faith to believe
When friends betray us
When darkness seems to win
We know that pain reminds this heart
That this is not our home
What if my greatest disappointments
Or the aching of this life
Is the revealing of a greater thirst this world can’t satisfy
What if trials of this life
The rain, the storms, the hardest nights
Are your mercies in disguise