This illustrated faith picture is one that I finished last week after reading in Ether 6. As I was reading it brought back some thoughts that President Miller had shared with us in a sacrament meeting. The phrase driven forth before the wind had stuck out to him. It describes the brother of Jared being continually driven before the wind towards the promised land, that they would often be buried in the depths of the sea, and that it was probably a not always a pleasant journey. Often we want life to be easy and simple, with no adversity, wind or difficulties. Yet it was the very wind that drove them to the promised land they were seeking. If they had been on calm waters they would have gotten no where.
I loved this thought, and as I reread this chapter it reminded me again of the necessary adversity we have in our life. It is what puts us in a position to grow, hopefully making us reach out to the Lord, depending on the atonement of Jesus Christ and making us stronger.
This time thought the verse that hit me personally though was verse twelve.
“And when they had set their feet upon the shores of the promised land they bowed themselves down upon the face of the land, and did humble themselves before the Lord, and did shed tears of joy before the Lord, because of the multitude of his tender mercies over them.”
Often the trials or experiences that we suffer through are extremely difficult. We have have very difficult days. They can be discouraging. But they are necessary as they drive us towards the promised land. It can lead us to those blessings the Lord has promised to those who are faithful. And when we get on the other side, or the end of our difficult journey and see and partake of the joy, peace and happiness that is found in the promise land, we will fall upon our knees before the Savior Jesus Christ and shed tears of joy that he was so merciful to have led us here. To have driven us before the wind, and to provided such an incredible blessing. Our joy will surpass any difficult things we had to endure in the journey. What hope that can give us during difficult times.