Reaching Out

Trials come for all of us in so many forms. Last spring there was a huge situation that was causing grief in my extended family. I felt as if there was nothing more I could do, and I was at a loss. I couldn’t fix or remove the struggle for my beloved. I couldn’t take away the agency of my loved one or force choices that would lead to easier consequences. At this point I had to completely turn to the Lord, and hand it over to Him in faith. Many nights I have pleaded with God to help me know what to do. I know He hears me and is aware. I am learning to trust fully in God. I often think of the verses in Matthew chapter 9 which tell of the woman of great faith who had an issue of blood for twelve years.  “If I may touch but his garment, I shall be whole.”

As I pray, I cry out and tell God that I, too, am reaching out. My hand is extended and I am touching His hem. He knows my anguish. I believe He knows how the story will end, and I know He wants it to be a happy ending. So I am at peace to wait on the Lord and His timing, and continue to pray that I will receive further guidance and direction at the time I need it. As I learn to cling tightly to my faith and depend on it, I know it will be strengthened. “I can do all things in Christ which strengtheneth me.” (Philippians 4:13)

I have confidence that as we extend our hand of faith to God we will be heard. Russell Nelson describes the effort: “When you reach up for the Lord’s power in your life with the same intensity that a drowning person has when grasping and gasping for air, power from Jesus Christ will be yours. When the Savior knows you truly want to reach up to Him — when He can feel that the greatest desire of your heart is to draw His power into your life — you will be led by the Holy Ghost to know exactly what you should do.” (Russell M. Nelson, “Drawing the Power of Jesus Christ into Our Lives”)

My prayer is that we might all remember Jesus Christ in our daily lives, and keep our arms extended, always reaching out in faith to Him. Then we may feel the peace in these words: “Be of good comfort; thy faith hath made thee whole.”

In faith,