Sunday, September 18, 2011

Day 85: I'm So Getting Fired

The lesson in Sunday School today was "Overcoming Tribulation".  I could not think of a better subject for me to listen to and (hopefully) absorb.  The teacher said somethings that I know I've heard many, many times but seemed to sink a little deeper with me this time.  He was talking about how we seem to get tunnel vision in our trials; only able to see there here and now, but we miss the chance to trust in the Lord and gain eternal perspective.
We read from 2 Corinthians 4:17-18

17 For our light aaffliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and beternal cweight of glory;
 18 While we look not at the things which are aseen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not bseen are ceternal.
He asked for comments, but all I heard was mumbling.  All I could focus on was that the word "weight" appeared to be written as "wait".  I have been asking the Lord how long I must wait for the righteous desires of my heart to be granted and my response is always, in the Lord's time, wait, be patient, trust, His plan is better than you could plan for yourself, and you will be able to look back and see the Lord's hand in your life and understand.  I mean, what more could I possibly want?  Why do I fight this so much?  Is waiting for the Lord's plan to come to fruition really that bad?  If my trial is waiting for Him to bless me with something far better than I could immediately want for my family, then do I really have it off that bad?  With eternal (waiting) perspective I get it.  I wish I could keep it all the time, but I am so grateful for lessons like this that help me remember that my trials truly are temporary when I have an eternal perspective.  
I am grateful the Lord has not given up on me and is still willing to make me a better person by sending me into the Refiner's Fire.  It hurts, don't get me wrong.  I've never been a fan of being burned, but the feeling of accomplishing something I never thought I could do is, dare I say, worth it.
The teacher ended with this quote (I've mentioned it in my posts before and it is now one of my very favorites) by Paul V. Johnson of the Quorum of the Seventy:
At times it may seem that our trials are focused on areas of our lives and parts of our souls with which we seem least able to cope. Since personal growth is an intended outcome of these challenges, it should come as no surprise that the trials can be very personal—almost laser guided to our particular needs or weaknesses. And no one is exempt, especially not Saints striving to do what’s right. Some obedient Saints may ask, “Why me? I’m trying to be good! Why is the Lord allowing this to happen?” The furnace of affliction helps purify even the very best of Saints by burning away the dross in their lives and leaving behind pure gold.6 Even very rich ore needs refining to remove impurities. Being good is not enough.”
Ha ha:
As I was leaving choir and thanking the sub in choir nursery for helping last minute I noticed she had keys to the toy closet.  I said how lucky she was to have had those or she and the kids would have been S.O.L.  As soon as I said it, I realized that most people probably grew up knowing that to mean something completely different than I did (Sorry Outta Luck).  Hoping she didn't catch on, I quickly said goodbye and went out to the car.  Clinton turned to me with a smirk and said, "Do you realize what you just said?"
Me:  Right after I said it.
He:  (laughter)

Figured I'd follow one embarrassing moment with another.  Only, this one is caught on film!
My coworker absolutely LOVES my fart machine.  She wanted to get a video of my facial expressions.  I didn't want to, but I knew they wouldn't leave it be till I did it, so here goes...
My Mom Will Be So Proud


  1. Great thoughts - it sure is easy to get tunnel vision about my trials and forget the bigger picture. I've been working on being grateful for everything - trials and easier-to-see-blessings. It's hard work some days!

  2. Wow! I think that quote was just for me this week. I think I am getting a taste of how hard the waiting is. And I'm trying my best to enjoy life even though I can't have everything I want, when I want it. It always makes me think of Job who had everything taken away from him. But when he proved himself he got everything back AND MORE. We are promised it will be worth the wait. Just got to remember that.

  3. You are right. I am so proud?! love, Mom