My 3 Monsters: Opposition

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1.26.2010

Opposition

"One's life . . . cannot both be faith-filled and stress-free. . . . Therefore, how can you and I really expect to glide naively through life as if to say, 'Lord, give me experience, but not grief, not sorrow, not pain, not opposition, not betrayal, and certainly not to be forsaken.  Keep from me, Lord, all those experiences which made Thee what Thou art! Then let me come and dwell with Thee and fully share Thy joy!' . . . Real faith . . . is required to endure this necessary but painful developmental process."
--Elder Neal A. Maxwell  (1926 - 2004) of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, May 1991

My word, this blog has taken a serious turn, hasn't it? I just can't get a few things off of my mind lately, chief among them the idea of opposition.  The idea that the good (easy) and the bad (difficult) experiences in life so often come hand in hand. And the idea that their close proximity in our lives make the one all the sweeter and the other mostly bearable. 

I think for most of my life I truly believed that if I was a good enough person life would be easy for me and bad things wouldn't happen.  And, for the most part, I've  had a pretty idyllic, sheltered life to support that conclusion.  That's why when things occasionally took a turn for the worse, as a result of my own poor choices  or just by "random chance" (if such a thing exists), I went straight to a place of devastation.  "Why is this happening to me?"  I cried.  Or I prayed, "Please, make it stop."  All I could ever think in those dark times was that I just desperately wanted it all to go away because I didn't deserve it.  I was too good a person to be suffering.  And in that state all I could see was darkness.  I felt so alone, though I never truly was.   

The good thing about those dark times is that we can't help but emerge from them wiser.  I can see so clearly now how those difficult times have been, and continue to be, for my growth.  As I look to my future now, fully expecting to be challenged, I can see more than just the darkness.  I can see glowing "candles" of goodness and happiness all along the way -- the sweetness that I would never have known before I tasted the bitter. And, because of those lights, I can see, though vaguely at times, that I'm not alone.  And that soon, when the time is right and I've learned all I need to learn at the moment, I will emerge into the full light of the sun once more.

Life is hard, and it is so exquisitely wonderful at the very same time.

2 comments:

  1. Inspiration. It's why I am eager to check your blog everyday.
    Whether it is through a hilarious story about D, or an insightful look at life - I need it. You keep me grounded and help me to prioritize my life.
    You teach me to laugh at the craziness that my kids bring and to find a flickering candle in the darkness.
    This, my dear frister - is another reason why I love you!

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  2. Amy, so well said. You're an inspiration to me. Ann

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