Like the young sunflower, when we follow the Savior of the world, the Son of God, we flourish and become glorious despite the many terrible circumstances that surround us. He truly is our light and life.
-Quentin L. Cook
Some people wonder why bad things happen to good people. I have never really had that question. Instead, sometimes I wonder why bad things don’t happen to me more often. I know we are here on earth to learn. Sometimes that means we have to go through really hard things. I am grateful for bad circumstances because that’s when I flourish. That’s when I grow. That’s when I have to look to my Savior.
Lead, kindly Light, amid th’encircling gloom;
Lead thou me on!
The night is dark, and I am far from home;
Lead thou me on!
Keep thou my feet; I do not ask to see
The distant scene–one step enough for me.
I really like to know where I’m going in life. I like to know what is happening and I hate to be confused more than anything.
My life has not gone according to plan. It’s been better, actually. I have had learning experiences that I could never have imagined for myself.
But I still struggle to put my trust in the Lord and let him guide me. I just want to know what is going to happen and when. I don’t really care that much where I’m going so much–I just want to know about it beforehand.
And so I think I’ve been given experiences that keep me in the dark, that force me to give up my questions and instead trust more, trust so much that I don’t have to know the next few steps anymore. One step is enough.
The Lord bless thee, and keep thee:
The Lord make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee:
The Lord lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.
As I was reading through the book of Numbers, I wasn’t thinking I would find a scripture I really liked. But then I read this beautiful blessing. It closes with, “And they shall put my name upon the children of Israel; and I will bless them.”
We belong to the Lord, if we choose so. My point in life is not to please the people of the world. I want to please the Lord. Because I want to be His. I don’t want to be caught up in having a lot of followers or a lot of friends or belonging to certain groups at all. That stuff doesn’t matter.
I know that people don’t always like me. I know that my daily actions are usually very small things that will never be applauded by anyone on this earth.
When I make these quotes on photographs, I’m not doing it to please people. I’m not the best photographer and I’ve never had very good handwriting, so it’s an uphill battle some days. But I do it to try to please the Lord, even in a small way. I try to do it for His glory, not my own.
I’ll never be popular with people. But I can love the Lord, and I can rely on him for my peace.
Scatter sunshine all along your way.
I have met people who are always a pleasure to be around and who serve so readily, with a smile on their faces. I thought of this quote after a woman who I didn’t know well agreed to babysit my two kids on my anniversary, allowing me to spend time alone with my husband. She did it without wanting payment or reward, but merely because she was the sort of person who scattered sunshine in her life, however she could.
Teach me to walk in the light of his love.
Teach me to pray to my Father above.
Teach me to know all the things that are right.
Teach me, teach me to walk in the light.
Walk in the light of His love. His love is sufficient to light our whole lives. We can fully trust in Him and Love Him and know that He loves us. When we feel His love, everything in the world starts to make sense. We find peace and joy.
He loves us when times are easy and times are hard. He loves us no matter what our choices have been–and he wants us to come to Him so that we can taste of that love and joy.