Friday, August 01, 2008

Weathering the Storms of Life

Thought I'd share today what I learned as I studied my scriptures this morning.

Chapter 18 of The First Book of Nephi in the Book of Mormon relates the story of Lehi’s family taking their voyage to the promised land.

“And it came to pass that the voice of the Lord came unto [Lehi], that [his family] should arise and go down into the ship.”

“And … [they] did put forth into the sea and were driven forth before the wind towards the promised land.”

“And after [they] had been driven forth before the wind for the space of many days, behold, [Laman and Lemuel] and the sons of Ishmael and also their wives began to make themselves merry, insomuch that they began to dance, and to sing, and to speak with much rudeness… And… [Nephi] began to fear exceedingly lest the Lord should be angry with [them]…”

“Wherefore, …[Nephi] began to speak to them with much soberness; but behold they were angry with [him], saying: We will not that our younger brother shall be a ruler over us.”

Then “…Laman and Lemuel did take [Nephi] and bind [him] with cords, and they did treat [him] with much harshness…”

And “…there arose a great storm, yea, a great and terrible tempest, and [they] were driven back upon the waters for the space of three days; and [Laman and Lemuel] began to be frightened exceedingly lest they should be drowned in the sea; nevertheless they did not loose [Nephi].”

After four days, they “…were about to be swallowed up in the depths of the sea…” and Nephi’s “…wrists… had swollen exceedingly; and also [his] ankles were much swollen, and great was the soreness thereof.”

“Nevertheless, [Nephi] did look unto …God, and …did praise him all the day long; and [Nephi] did not murmur against the Lord because of [his] afflictions.”

Finally Laman and Lemuel released Nephi and he “…prayed unto the Lord; and after [he] had prayed the winds did cease, and the storm did cease, and there was a great calm.”

Often in our lives we face adversity. Sometimes we feel that our wrists and ankles are bound by the choices of others or our own choices. Sometimes the pain that comes from wrong choices or sins can be “…exceedingly sore.” The storms of life can be “…great and terrible.” We may feel like we are being “…driven back.” We may be “…frightened exceedingly.” It may even seem that “…we are about to be swallowed up in the depths of the sea.”

At these times we must “…not murmur against the Lord…” but …”praise him all the day long.” We must “…[pray] unto the Lord” for his help. Then, in the Lord’s way and time, “…the winds [will] cease and the storm [will] stop and there [will be] a great calm.”


Eric and Andrea said...

I know you had no idea that I knew where you were, but thank you for your blog. I read it often, and that message touched me deeply this week.

Thanks for always being so upbeat and positive!!!

The McConahay's

Dan Lawyer said...

Thanks for commenting! How great to hear from you guys. We think of you often.