This afternoon I cuddled under my downy comforter in my super soft bed recovering from 90 minutes at the gym and a cold bike ride with my girls in our cul-de-sac. (I need some older biking partners--45 times around a cul-de-sac is not a scenic ride).
In my soft bed, I was studying in The Book of Mormon about TRUST. (My brother Sean and his wife Jess had delivered a beautiful pillowtop mattress to me on Saturday and I was truly enjoying this day off of work in heavenly comfort.) I was suddenly reminded of my duties as a mommy when Kamryn yells from the living room, "Mom, I need Chicken Nuggets please!!" Dang!! I remembered to put the longer version of Winnie the Pooh in the VCR and the girls had their water color paints and enough paper to leave me alone for at least an hour, but I guess you have to feed them every few hours. It had been at least 5 hours since they had last eaten, so my super soft scripture solitude officially ended or at least had to be interrupted.
As I was microwaving frozen chicken chunks like a professional chef, it occurred to me that she needed to learn how to do it herself. So I taught her. She is on a chicken nugget craze lately and eats them whenever I allow it. Her first phrases every morning are: "Good Morning Mommy" "I love you" "I want to hold you" "I need chicken nuggets".
So, there you have it. I'm a loving, hugging, chicken nugget warming robot.
So during my chicken nugget tutorial, I began to realize how much she has trusted me to provide her with this meat each day. I pop right up and meet her needs. I also realized that she is capable of doing this by herself and how exciting it will be for her (and for me) when she can do this on her own.
I compared this to how readily our Father is available to tutor us with the things that we need to learn so that we too can excitedly become more independent. Even though soon Kamryn will be making her own meals, I will always be nearby to lend a hand.
This past year Heavenly Father has been so good to me. Anytime that I called out, He attended to me. He succored me, He protected me, He lifted me. He didn't take away my trials, but He never left me alone. Most importantly, He taught me how to use His strength and gain my own. It is with deep gratitude that I address my Father in prayer throughout the day. I continue to be amazed at His work in my life. I'm also amazed at how He pushes me beyond what I believe that I am capable of.
Whoever puts his trust in God will be supported in their trials, and their troubles and their afflictions. Alma 36:3
"Trials are an evidence of a Father's love. They are given as blessings to His Children. They are given as opportunities for growth--Gain strength from Him" H. Burke Peterson
And I have been supported under trials and troubles of every kind, yea and in all manner of afflictions; yea, God has delivered me from prison and from bonds, and from death; yea, and I do put my trust in him, and he will still deliver me. Alma 36:27
So, as I head back into my snuggly warm nest on my soft new mattress, I am thankful for President's Day that gives me extra time for study. I know that God hears our prayers and that He is mindful of us. He reaches for us, ready to offer assistance and support when we call to Him. I also know that it wounds His loving heart when He finds us not confident of His care or trust His commandments.
I want to continue to see adversity as a challenge of great interest. Opportunity lies in adversity as well as in prosperity.
I want to testify that it is through Christ that we find lasting happiness and permanently lose ourselves in order to find our true selves. One powerful way to draw nearer to Christ is through a sincere study of The Book of Mormon. On my mission in Brazil, I thought of this book as a great weedwhacker. It really does knock away the unimportant and brings us back to what really matters.